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Pre-eruption magmatic processes and magma plumbing system at Hachijo-Nishiyama volcano, Izu–Bonin arc, Japan
Earth, Planets and Space volume 75, Article number: 6 (2023)
Nishiyama volcano on Hachijojima Island is an active basaltic volcano located in the Izu–Bonin arc. In this study, petrological and geochemical analyses were conducted on mafic lavas and pyroclastics to understand the magma plumbing system and pre-eruption magmatic processes. Whole-rock major element compositions show significant variations (49.4–54.9 wt.% SiO2), and the samples contain variable amounts of plagioclase phenocrysts (1–40 vol.%). The whole-rock Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions of samples from the youngest volcanic stage (< 0.7 ka) are homogeneous, whereas some samples from the older stage (3–1 ka) have relatively low Pb isotopic ratios. This observation suggests that the younger magmas were derived from a single parental magma, but another parental magma with distinct geochemical features was involved in the magmatic system before 1 ka. The temporal variation in the FeO*/MgO ratios of the volcanic products is complex and is considered to reflect the intermittent injection of primitive magmas into the main magma chamber in which fractional crystallization occurred. Two-pyroxene geobarometry suggests that the main magma chamber was located at a depth of 9–12 km. The core region of some plagioclase phenocrysts consists of a glass inclusion-free inner core and an inclusion-rich outer mantle, suggesting that some plagioclase crystallized in the main magma chamber, which was followed by overgrowth during magma ascent because of increasing liquidus temperatures due to decompression-induced water exsolution from the melt. The whole-rock compositions of some eruption units with different Al2O3/MgO ratios exhibit distinct plagioclase-controlled trends, which negates the possibility that plagioclase accumulation occurred in a stable magma chamber. In addition, the density of plagioclase was higher than that of the melt during the magma ascent to the surface. From these observations, it is suggested that the accumulation of plagioclase phenocrysts occurred in ascending magmas as the plagioclase settled relative to the surrounding melt. The estimated depth of 9–12 km for the main magma chamber coincides with the depth range over which earthquake swarms occurred in 2002, suggesting that the magma chamber is still active, and that the earthquake swarms may reflect the injection of primitive magma into the magma chamber.
Hachijojima is an active volcanic island located on the volcanic front of the Izu–Bonin arc (Fig. 1a). The northwestern part of the island is mainly made up of basaltic products of younger volcanism (< ~ 10 ka) that constitute Nishiyama volcano (Fig. 1b). Although magmatic eruptions have not occurred for more than 400 years since the latest eruption in 1605 AD, the magmatic system remains active, as suggested by the earthquake swarm activities in 2002 AD (Ishizuka and Geshi 2018). To understand the recent magma plumbing system and/or magmatic processes at Hachijojima, petrological and geochemical studies have been conducted on volcanic products from the Nishiyama volcano (Isshiki 1958, 1963; Nakano et al. 1991, 1997; Tsukui and Hoshino 2002; Ishizuka et al. 2008; Aizawa et al. 2020).
Nakano et al. (1991) showed that whole-rock Al2O3 contents of basaltic products from the Nishiyama volcano correlate positively with the abundance of plagioclase phenocrysts, suggesting that the whole-rock compositional variation is primarily controlled by plagioclase fractionation or accumulation (‘plagioclase control’). Tsukui and Hoshino (2002) divided the Nishiyama volcanic products into three groups based on whole-rock compositions and the abundance of plagioclase phenocrysts, and showed that the intra- and inter-group compositional variations can be explained by crystal fractionation or accumulation and magma mixing. Ishizuka et al. (2008) examined whole-rock compositional variations of the products of the Nishiyama volcano, as well as those of submarine volcanic products surrounding Nishiyama (“Hachijo NW chain”, “Hachijo-kojima chain”, and “NE edifices” in Fig. 1b), and found that some submarine samples have primitive compositions. They suggested that the magma plumbing system consisted of a deep magma chamber (> 20 km depth), a middle magma chamber (10–20 km depth), and a shallow magma chamber (< 5 km), and that crystal fractionation or accumulation occurred in the shallow magma chamber. Aizawa et al. (2020) conducted a petrological study on anorthosite enclaves in lavas from the Nishiyama volcano. They suggested that the enclaves were produced in the shallow magma chamber under H2O-saturated conditions and that they represent accumulated plagioclase crystals that were involved in the formation of the plagioclase-controlled whole-rock compositional variation.
Recently, Ishizuka and Geshi (2018) presented a detailed geological map of Hachijojima Island, which enabled us to collect samples with good temporal resolution from the Nishiyama volcano. Using this new information, we conducted petrological and geochemical analyses of subaerial eruptive products from the Nishiyama volcano to understand the magma pluming system and pre-eruption magmatic processes, particularly those of the accumulation of plagioclase phenocrysts. We show that the magma plumbing system consisted of a main magma chamber located at a depth of 9–12 km and a deeper magma chamber which was the source of primitive magmas. We further show that the subaerial Nishiyama volcanic products were primarily derived from a single parental magma, but another parental magma was also involved in the magma system before 1 ka. We also suggest that the accumulation and fractionation of plagioclase phenocrysts, which largely control the whole-rock compositional variations of the volcanic products, occurred in the ascending magmas.
Hachijojima volcano is located on the volcanic front of the Izu–Bonin arc, under which the Pacific plate is subducting (Fig. 1a). The volcano consists of the Nishiyama, Higashiyama, and Kojima volcanoes (Fig. 1b). Geological studies were conducted by Isshiki (1959), Tsukui et al. (1991), Suga (1993, 1994, 1998), Sugihara (1998), and Ishizuka and Geshi (2018). The activity of the Hachijojima volcano began with the formation of the Higashiyama volcano. Kaneoka et al. (1970) reported K–Ar age of < 0.14 Ma for older lava from the volcano. The formation of the Higashiyama volcano is considered to have continued until about 4 ka (Suga 1994). The activity of the Kojima volcano is not well known, but the main edifice is suggested to have been formed by about 3 ka (Ishizuka and Geshi 2018). The Nishiyama volcano has been active since as early as about 10 ka (Tsukui et al. 1991), and its volcanic activity overlapped with later-stage activity of the Higashiyama volcano (Suga 1993).
Ishizuka and Geshi (2018) divided the volcanic activity of Nishiyama into four stages: Mitsune, Senjojiki, Okoshigahana, and Fujitozando (Fig. 2). During the Mitsune stage (10–3 ka), submarine phreatomagmatic eruptions occurred repeatedly, and Nishiyama became a subaerial volcano towards the end of this stage. The eruption products were mainly volcanic breccia and subordinate lavas, including Kandoyama lava (KdL). During the Senjojiki stage (3–1 ka), the main edifice of the Nishiyama volcano was formed by the repeated summit and flank eruptions (SL and SS; Fig. 2). During the Okoshigahana stage (1–0.7 ka), lava flows and pyroclastics were ejected from the summit crater, resulting in Okoshigahana lavas (OkL), Okoshigahana scoria fall (OkS), and Akasari lava (AzL). During the Fujitozando stage (0.7–0.4 ka), summit and flank eruptions occurred repeatedly, generating Debana lava (DbL), Osarigahana lava (OsL), Idesarigahana lava (IdL), Idesarigahanaue lava (IuL), Furijiaen lava (FrL), Funatsukihana lava (FtL), Fujitozando scoria cone deposit (FjS), Fujitozando lava (FjL), and Fujisanchokakonai lava (ScL) (Fig. 2). Among these products, FjS and FjL are considered to have been the products of the most recent eruptions in 1605 AD on Hachijojima Island. In addition to these subaerial eruptions, submarine eruptions, that were related to the Nishiyama volcanic activity, occurred along a 20-km-long volcanic chain (“Hachijo NW chain”) and at parasitic cones on the northeastern slope of the Nishiyama volcano (“NE edifice”) (Fig. 1b; Ishizuka et al. 2008).
Samples and analytical methods
In this study, we investigated the lavas and pyroclastics of subaerial eruptions from the Nishiyama volcano, including those of the Senjojiki, Okoshigahana, and Fujitozando stages (i.e., 3–0.4 ka). Samples from the Kandoyama lava (KdL) of the Mitsune stage were also used for comparison. We collected 238 samples from individual volcanic units, according to the volcanic stratigraphy and geological map of Ishizuka and Geshi (2018). Whole-rock major and trace element analyses using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry were performed on all samples. Additional whole-rock trace element analyses using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic analyses were conducted on the representative 25 samples that were selected from the individual volcanic units.
All geochemical analyses were conducted at the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, and the analytical methods were similar to those described by Kuritani et al. (2021a). The lava and scoria samples were crushed into coarse grains with diameters of 3–5 mm and then rinsed with deionized water in an ultrasonic bath for at least 8 h. The washed samples were dried at 110 °C overnight and then pulverized using an alumina rod in a polycarbonate vessel using a Yasui-Kikai Multi-beads shockerⓇ. The concentrations of the whole-rock major elements and some trace elements (Sc, V, Cr, Co, Ni, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, and Ba) were measured via XRF spectrometry using Spectris MagiX PRO. The powdered samples were ignited at 900 °C for > 12 h in a muffle furnace. Glass beads were prepared by fusing powdered samples with an alkali flux (2:1 sample dilution) consisting of a 4:1 mixture of Li2B4O7 and LiBO2. The measured compositions of reference material JB-3 (obtained from the Geological Survey of Japan; Imai et al. 1995) and their reference values are listed in Additional file 1: Table S1. The concentrations of additional trace elements were determined using a Thermo Fisher iCAP RQ following the methodology of Yokoyama et al. (2017). To check data quality, the trace element concentrations of JB-3 were also measured under the same conditions, and these concentrations and their reference values are listed in Additional file 1: Table S2.
Whole-rock Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic analyses were conducted using a multi-collector (MC)–ICP-MS (Thermo Fisher Scientific Neptune Plus). The analytical procedures for chemical separation followed the methods of Pin et al. (1994) and Noguchi et al. (2011) for Sr, Pin et al. (1994) and Pin and Zalduegui (1997) for Nd, and Kuritani and Nakamura (2002) for Pb. Mass fractionation for Sr and Nd was internally corrected using 86Sr/88Sr = 0.1194 and 146Nd/144Nd = 0.7219, respectively, and that for Pb was corrected using Tl as an external standard (205Tl/203Tl = 2.3871; Dunstan et al. 1980). Additional corrections were performed by applying a standard bracketing method using NIST987, JNdi-1, and NIST981 for Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic analyses, respectively, and normalizing to 87Sr/86Sr = 0.710240 for NIST987; 143Nd/144Nd = 0.512117 for JNdi-1; and 206Pb/204Pb = 16.9424, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.5003, and 208Pb/204Pb = 36.7266 for NIST981 (Kuritani and Nakamura 2003). The Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic ratios of JB-3 measured in this study, reference values, and standard deviations for replicate analyses are provided in Additional file 1: Table S3. The analytical reproducibility (2σ) for the isotopic analyses of natural samples was typically 0.004% for 87Sr/86Sr, 0.002% for 143Nd/144Nd, 0.010% for 206Pb/204Pb, 0.009% for 207Pb/204Pb, and 0.012% for 208Pb/204Pb.
The modal compositions of phenocrysts were measured by counting 2000 points per thin section for representative samples. The mineral compositions were determined using a JEOL JXA-8800 electron microprobe. For olivine, clinopyroxene, and orthopyroxene, an accelerating voltage of 15 kV, a beam current of 20 nA, peak and background counting times on each element were 20 and 10 s, respectively, and focused beams were used. For plagioclase, these values were 15 kV, 10 nA, 10 and 5 s, and 10 μm, respectively. Both oxide and natural mineral standards were used, and data were obtained using the ZAF correction method.
Petrology, geochemistry, and mineralogy
The results of the whole-rock XRF analysis for representative Nishiyama volcanic products are listed in Table 1 and Additional file 1: Table S1 and shown in Fig. 3. The SiO2 content of the samples ranges from 49.4–54.9 wt.%, and they can be largely divided into basaltic (< 53 wt.% SiO2) and andesitic samples (> 54 wt.% SiO2), as has been reported by previous studies (Nakano et al. 1991; Tsukui and Hoshino 2002). The andesitic products occurred solely in the SL unit during the Senjojiki stage. The compositional variations of basaltic samples from the Senjojiki (pluses and crosses in Fig. 3), Okoshigahana (squares), and Fujitozando stages (circles) overlap. Although the compositional data are scattered on Harker variation diagrams (Fig. 3a–e), all the data lie on a single line that passes through the origin on the Ba–Zr diagram (Fig. 3f).
The trace element concentration data and Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic data are listed in Table 1 and Additional file 1: Tables S2 and S3, respectively. A primitive mantle-normalized multi-element diagram of representative samples from the individual volcanic units is shown in Fig. 4a. All the patterns are characterized by negative anomalies of Nb and Ta and positive spikes in Pb and Sr. These features are characteristic of subduction-related magma. The andesitic sample from the Senjojiki stage (SL) is relatively enriched in the incompatible trace elements. A primitive mantle-normalized rare-earth element (REE) concentration diagram is shown in Fig. 4b. The samples show depletion in light REEs relative to middle and heavy REEs. Weak negative Eu anomalies are observed in all the samples. For the representative samples, the variations in the 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, and 206Pb/204Pb isotopic ratios with the SiO2 content are shown in Fig. 5. The 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd ratios of the Nishiyama volcanic products are essentially homogeneous irrespective of the SiO2 contents. The 206Pb/204Pb ratios of the Nishiyama samples are mostly homogeneous within analytical uncertainty. However, some samples from the Senjojiki stage have slightly lower 206Pb/204Pb ratios (Fig. 5c), and the low 206Pb/204Pb basaltic samples have low La/Sm ratios (Fig. 5d). We note that these two samples with low 206Pb/204Pb and La/Sm ratios have the lowest K2O contents of about 0.23 wt.% (#55-1; Table 1) among the studied Nishiyama samples.
The temporal variations in the whole-rock compositions of the Nishiyama samples are shown in Fig. 6. The FeO*/MgO ratios do not exhibit systematic temporal variation, and they show a zig-zag pattern (Fig. 6a). The Zr/Y ratios of the samples from the Fujitozando stage commonly range 1.6–1.9, but some older samples from the Okoshigahana, Senjojiki, and Mitsune stages have relatively lower Zr/Y ratios (Fig. 6b). The two basaltic Senjojiki-stage samples with low 206Pb/204Pb and La/Sm ratios (Fig. 5d) also have low Zr/Y ratios of 1.5–1.6. The La/Sm ratios of the samples are homogeneous with 0.75–0.80 except for the two Senjojiki-stage samples (Fig. 6c). Although the 208Pb/204Pb ratios of the Nishiyama samples are mostly homogeneous, some older samples have slightly lower 208Pb/204Pb ratios (Fig. 6d).
Petrography and mineralogy
The phenocryst modal abundances of representative samples of the Nishiyama volcanic products are listed in Additional file 1: Table S4. The phenocryst content of the samples is variable, ranging from 1–40 vol.%. The most abundant phenocryst is plagioclase, and the total amount of mafic phenocrysts (olivine, clinopyroxene, and orthopyroxene) is commonly less than 2 vol.%. The andesite samples from the SL unit are aphyric.
Olivine phenocrysts, up to 0.5 mm in size, are subhedral or anhedral, and they occur as isolated crystals (Fig. 7a). The Fo content [100 × Mg/(Mg + Fe)] of the phenocryst cores is 65–66 in sample #8-2 (SL), ~ 71 in #50-1 (SL), ~ 69 in #121–2 (SL), 70–71 in #112-2 (OkL), ~ 68 in #18-1 (OkS), 66–69 in #72-1 (IuL), and 66–67 in #21-1 (FrL). Clinopyroxene phenocrysts, up to 2 mm in length, are commonly euhedral. They rarely occur with orthopyroxene (Fig. 7b) or plagioclase phenocrysts (Fig. 7c). The Mg# [100 × Mg/(Mg + Fe)] of the phenocryst cores ranges between 61 and 72 and varies with the samples. Orthopyroxene phenocrysts, up to 2 mm in length, are generally euhedral. Orthopyroxenes rarely form crystal aggregates with plagioclase phenocrysts (Fig. 7d). The orthopyroxene phenocryst cores have Mg# 63–71, which varies with the samples.
Plagioclase phenocrysts, up to ~ 6 mm in length, are commonly euhedral (Fig. 8). In most samples, the compositions of the plagioclase phenocryst cores normally range from 80–90 in An content [100 × Ca/(Ca + Na)], with a mode at 83–85 (Fig. 9). The high-An core regions (> An80) contain variable amounts of glass inclusions, ranging from those mostly free from inclusions (Fig. 8a) to those rich in inclusions (Fig. 8b). In some plagioclase phenocrysts, the high-An core region consists of a glass inclusion-poor inner core and an inclusion-rich outer mantle (Fig. 8c and d). In some samples, a thick rim (> 50 μm) with low An content (An65–75) develops around the core region of the plagioclase phenocrysts (Fig. 8c). Plagioclase microphenocrysts with low An content (An65–75) are present in such samples (Fig. 8c). The thickness of the plagioclase phenocryst rims (i.e., the abundance of low-An plagioclase microphenocrysts) does not depend on the whole-rock composition of the host sample and volcanic stage from which the sample was derived.
Parental magmas for the Nishiyama volcanic products
The Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions of the Nishiyama volcanic products, particularly those of the Fujitozando stage, are mostly homogeneous within analytical uncertainty (Fig. 5), but some basaltic samples from the Senjojiki stage have slightly less radiogenic Pb isotopic compositions (Figs. 5c and 6d). These samples are also characterized by lower La/Sm (Fig. 5d) and Zr/Y ratios and lower K2O contents than those of the other main samples. These observations suggest that the magmas of the Fujitozando stage were derived from a single parental magma, but another parental magma with distinct compositions (i.e., lower La/Sm, Zr/Y, and Pb isotopic ratios) might have been involved in the Nishiyama magma system before the Fujitozando stage. The presence of multiple primary magmas in a single volcano has also been recognized in other arc volcanoes, such as that of Pegan volcano in the Mariana arc (Tamura et al. 2014) and Me-akan volcano in the Kurile arc (Kuritani et al. 2021b).
Ishizuka et al. (2008) suggested that the subaerial Nishiyama volcanic products, as well as submarine products from the Hachijo NW chain and NE edifices (Fig. 1b), were derived from a common primary magma, while some magmas from subaerial satellite cones and those from submarine satellite cones from the NE edifices might have experienced slight crustal assimilation. However, the Hachijo NW chain samples, that are among the most primitive volcanic products in Hachijojima, are characterized by low K2O contents (< 0.15 wt.%; Ishizuka et al. 2008). For example, the K2O/TiO2 ratios of the most primitive Hachijo NW chain samples are about 0.1 (Ishizuka et al. 2008), which is much lower than those of the samples from the Fujitozando stage (> 0.24; Additional file 1: Table S1). Considering that titanomagnetite phenocryst is absent in the mafic Nishiyama samples, it is unlikely that the Fujitozando-stage magmas with the K2O/TiO2 ratios of > 0.24 were derived from the primitive Hachijo NW chain magma with the K2O/TiO2 ratios of 0.1. Therefore, we concluded that the parental magma for the Fujitozando-stage samples was different from that for the Hachijo NW chain samples.
As discussed above, the lower La/Sm, Zr/Y, and Pb isotopic ratios of some Senjojiki-stage samples (Fig. 5d) might have been attributed to the involvement of another parental magma in the Nishiyama magma system. Considering that these samples have the lowest K2O/TiO2 ratios of ~ 0.16 among the subaerial Nishiyama samples, the parental magma for these samples, which is expected to have low-K2O content and low Zr/Y and La/Sm ratios, might have been similar to the primitive Hachijo NW chain magma with the K2O/TiO2 ratios of 0.1. This scenario is consistent with the observations that the primitive Hachijo NW chain samples have lower Zr/Y ratios of about 1.3 and lower La/Sm ratios of about 0.6 (Ishizuka et al. 2008) than those of the subaerial Nishiyama samples.
Origin of whole-rock compositional variation
The whole-rock compositions of the samples collected from the Nishiyama volcano are variable (49.4–54.9 wt.% SiO2) and are scattered on Harker variation diagrams (Fig. 3). However, except for some low-Zr/Y samples, the Nishiyama magmas, particularly those of the Fujitozando stage, were derived from a single parental magma and that compositional variations were established essentially by crystal–melt separation, without a significant contribution from crustal assimilation. If the Nishiyama magmas were differentiated by a series of fractional crystallization in a single magma chamber, the compositional evolution would have followed a single liquid line of descent. Therefore, the scattered compositional data on Harker variation diagrams suggest that the formation of compositional variations involved multiple processes occurring at different depths.
Figure 10 shows the whole-rock compositions of the Nishiyama samples in the Al2O3–MgO diagram. In the figure, the compositions of some volcanic units, such as FjS–FjL, IuL, FjD, AzL, and a part of OkS–OkL, exhibit tight linear trends that correspond to plagioclase-controlled lines (broken lines in Fig. 10). This observation suggests that the trends were primarily established by the accumulation or fractionation of plagioclase phenocrysts (Nakano et al. 1991; Tsukui and Hoshino 2002; Aizawa et al. 2020). This is supported by the observation that the whole-rock FeO*/MgO ratios, which do not change with fractionation or accumulation of plagioclase, are mostly constant for some units, irrespective of the SiO2 content (Fig. 3d). The subaerial Nishiyama magmas are significantly differentiated from mantle-derived primary magma because of the low MgO contents (< 5 wt.%). This observation, along with the tight plagioclase-controlled trends, suggests that magmatic differentiation from the parental magma was followed by the accumulation or fractionation of plagioclase phenocrysts.
Depth of magma chamber
As discussed above, the compositional variations of the subaerial Nishiyama products were essentially established by crystal–melt separation. Therefore, there must have been a magma chamber in which differentiation from the parental primitive magma to the magmas of the subaerial volcanic products occurred. To estimate the depth of the magma chamber, the crystallization pressures of the pyroxene phenocrysts were estimated by applying the two-pyroxene geothermobarometer of Putirka (2008) to the clinopyroxene–orthopyroxene pairs found in three samples (#121-2, SL; #7-4, DbL; and #101-1, FjS; Additional file 1: Table S5). The clinopyroxene–orthopyroxene pairs in #121-2 and #7-4 show evidence of contemporaneous growth, but crystal aggregates consisting of orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene were not found in #101-1. Therefore, for this sample, the pressure conditions were estimated using the core compositions of the euhedral clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene phenocrysts in the same thin section. The Fe–Mg exchange coefficients KD(Fe–Mg)cpx−opx are all within the range of 1.09 ± 0.14 (Additional file 1: Table S5), which ensures that the pyroxene pairs were in equilibrium (Putirka 2008).
The result shows that the pressure conditions for the pyroxene crystallization in the samples range 3–4 kbar (Fig. 11). Considering the typical uncertainty of this method of 2.8 kbar (Putirka 2008), the difference in the estimated pressure conditions of the three volcanic stages is not significant. Therefore, we suggest that the magma chamber in which pyroxene crystallization occurred was located at 3–4 kbar, equivalent to a depth of 9–12 km. Ishizuka et al. (2008) considered that the magma plumbing system at the Nishiyama volcano consists of a deep magma chamber (> 20 km depth) from which the main parental magmas were supplied, a middle magma chamber (10–20 km depth) from which the Hachijo NW chain magmas branched off, and a shallow magma chamber (< 5 km depth) in which crystal fractionation and plagioclase accumulation occurred. In this case, the magma chamber located at a depth of 9–12 km, the presence of which is suggested by the pyroxenes in this study, may correspond to the middle magma chamber of Ishizuka et al. (2008). Ishizuka et al. (2008) estimated the depth of the middle magma chamber based on the depth range of the earthquake swarms that occurred in 2002 (Kimata et al. 2004). The estimated magma chamber depth of 9–12 km is also consistent with the dike injection depth of about 12 km estimated from the geodesic ground deformation (Kimata et al. 2004).
The water content of melt in the magma chamber at a depth of 9–12 km was estimated for sample #7-4 (DbL) which was used above. The melt composition was calculated using the whole-rock composition (Additional file 1: Table S1) and phenocryst modal abundances (Additional file 1: Table S4), assuming the average An content of plagioclase phenocrysts of 83 and the Mg# of orthopyroxene phenocrysts of 70. The water content was estimated using the constraint that the melt was saturated with plagioclase at 1030 °C and 3 kbar (obtained above from the two-pyroxene geothermobarometry), and the water content of 4 wt.% was obtained using Eq. 26 of Putirka (2008).
Crystallization of plagioclase phenocrysts
Previous petrological studies on Nishiyama volcanic products have suggested that crystal–melt separation involving high-An plagioclase phenocrysts (> An80) played a primary role in producing the whole-rock compositional variations of the Nishiyama products (e.g., Nakano et al. 1991; Tsukui and Hoshino 2002; Aizawa et al. 2020). In this section, the origin and crystallization processes of plagioclase phenocrysts are discussed.
Aizawa et al. (2020) recently suggested that the high-An plagioclase phenocrysts formed primarily in a shallow-level magma chamber at < 5 km depth under supersaturated conditions by increasing the liquidus temperatures due to decompression-induced vapor exsolution from the melt. However, we found that high-An plagioclase phenocrysts in some subaerial Nishiyama samples show evidence of simultaneous growth with pyroxene phenocrysts (Fig. 7a and d). Because the pyroxene phenocrysts crystallized at 9–12 km depth (Fig. 11), high-An plagioclase crystals are suggested to have been present in the middle-crustal magma chamber.
In some plagioclase phenocrysts, a glass inclusion-poor inner-core region is mantled by a glass inclusion-rich region (Fig. 8c and d). Such glass inclusion-rich plagioclase crystals can be formed by either rapid growth (honeycomb texture) or partial dissolution (dusty texture) of the crystals (e.g., Kawamoto 1992). The size of the glass inclusions in the plagioclase phenocrysts from the Nishiyama volcano is larger than those of plagioclase formed by partial dissolution experiments, which are characterized by fine glass inclusions (e.g., Tsuchiyama 1985; Nakamura and Shimakita 1998). In addition, if the glass inclusion-rich mantle was formed by partial dissolution, the dissolution should invade the inner glass inclusion-poor core region. However, the inner cores always show euhedral outlines (Fig. 8c and d), and no glass inclusions that cut the outlines of the inner cores are found. Therefore, it is suggested that the glass inclusion-rich mantle was formed by rapid overgrowth of the inner-core plagioclase. In this case, the change in the texture within the individual plagioclase phenocrysts (Fig. 8c and d) suggests that there were at least two growth stages; plagioclase formed under a relatively static condition (i.e., glass inclusion-poor inner core) followed by rapid overgrowth under a supersaturated conditions to form the glass inclusion-rich mantle. Considering that glass inclusions are rare in plagioclase phenocrysts that coexist with pyroxene phenocrysts (Fig. 7c and d), it is likely that the inclusion-poor plagioclase crystals formed in the magma chamber at a depth of 9–12 km. On the other hand, the rapid growth of plagioclase is likely to have occurred during magma ascent by increasing the liquidus temperatures due to water exsolution from the melt (e.g., Kuritani 1999; Taniuchi et al. 2021), as discussed by Aizawa et al. (2020).
As estimated above, the H2O content of the melt in some Nishiyama magmas was about 4 wt.% in the magma chamber at a depth of 9–12 km. Considering that the water solubility in the basaltic melt is approximately 4 wt.% at 1.6 kbar (Newman and Lowenstern 2002), the degassing-induced rapid overgrowth of plagioclase phenocrysts is considered to have occurred in the magmas at shallower depths than 5 km.
Accumulation of plagioclase phenocrysts
Ishizuka et al. (2008) and Aizawa et al. (2020) considered that the accumulation of plagioclase phenocrysts occurred in a shallow magma chamber located at < 5 km depth; however, neither explicitly discussed how the depth of < 5 km was constrained. If the magmas resided in a static magma chamber, it is expected that overgrowth of the phenocrysts would have occurred there. In some samples, plagioclase phenocrysts have thick rims with low An content surrounding the high-An core regions (Fig. 8c). It is unlikely that thick rims developed during cooling after the eruption, because rims are also found in quenched scoria samples. Therefore, the thick low-An rims would have grown during storage in a shallow magma chamber. However, in many other samples considered to have experienced plagioclase accumulation, thick rims are not present in the plagioclase phenocrysts (Fig. 8b). This contradicts the inference that accumulation of plagioclase occurred in a static magma chamber.
The presence of a shallow-level static magma chamber is also questioned by the variations in whole-rock compositions among the subaerial Nishiyama volcanic products, which consist of several discrete groups exhibiting tight plagioclase-controlled trends in the Al2O3–MgO diagram (Fig. 10). If plagioclase accumulation occurred in a static magma chamber at shallow levels, convection must not have been effective, because the homogenization of the magmas resulting from the convective current would have inhibited the accumulation or fractionation of plagioclase phenocrysts. Without vigorous convection, when a new magma is injected into the magma chamber in which the magmas exhibiting plagioclase-controlled compositional variation reside (Fig. 12a), the magmas would not mix effectively. The heterogeneous mixing between the two magmas and the subsequent plagioclase accumulation or fractionation would result in the formation of a compositional area in the Al2O3–MgO diagram (Fig. 12b and c), instead of the compositional groups with distinct plagioclase-controlled trends (Figs. 10 and 12d).
Based on these considerations, we conclude that a static magma chamber was not present at shallow levels (< 5 km) beneath the Nishiyama volcano. Alternatively, we suggest that plagioclase accumulation and fractionation occurred in the magmas during ascent (Fig. 13). This scenario can explain the observed whole-rock compositional variations of the subaerial Nishiyama samples (i.e., consisting of discrete compositional groups with tight plagioclase-controlled trends; Fig. 12d), because each magma batch with a distinct composition (i.e., Al2O3/MgO ratio), ascending from the 9–12 km magma chamber to the surface, did not necessarily interact with each other before plagioclase fractionation and accumulation. The absence or presence of the thick rims of the plagioclase phenocrysts can also be explained by different ascent paths: magma batches that temporarily stalled during the ascent may have resulted in the formation of plagioclase rims, whereas those that ascended without stalling for a significant time did not develop thick rims (Fig. 13).
Figure 14 compares the density of the melt with that of plagioclase with An80–92. The melt was represented by the interstitial melt of sample #7-4 (Additional file 1: Table S1), as used above. The variation in the melt density with pressure was calculated using the model of Iacovino and Till (2019) assuming that the temperature was constant at 1030 °C (obtained above from the two-pyroxene geothermometry). As discussed above, the water content of the melt was about 4 wt.%, and the melt was saturated with water at about 1.6 kbar. The H2O content of the water-saturated melt as a function of pressure was obtained using the water solubility model of Newman and Lowenstern (2002). The density of plagioclase with An80–92 at 1030 °C as a function of pressure was calculated using the model and parameters of Berman (1988). The comparison shows that the density of plagioclase was higher than that of the melt at < 4 kbar (Fig. 14). This suggests that, during the ascent of magma from the 9–12 km magma chamber, plagioclase phenocrysts would not have floated in the melt. Thus, accumulating and fractionating plagioclase settled relative to the surrounding melt as the melt ascended (Fig. 13). Effective plagioclase–melt separation might have occurred at deeper levels, where the density difference between the melt and plagioclase was larger. For example, the simple Stokes’s law suggests that a hypothetical spherical plagioclase crystal with a radius of 2 mm would settle at a velocity of 1.3 m/d at 1030 °C and 1.5 kbar, where the melt water content is estimated to be 3.8 wt.% and the melt viscosity is calculated to be 102.0 Pa·s (using the model of Giordano et al. 2008). As plagioclase phenocrysts settled in an ascending magma batch, it is expected that the abundance of plagioclase phenocrysts in the magmas would increase as the eruption progresses. Unfortunately, however, we could not successfully test this hypothesis because each volcanic unit (Fig. 2) commonly consists of many lava flow units and it was difficult to determine the eruption sequence of individual samples collected from the each volcanic unit.
Magma plumbing system
The magma plumbing system and pre-eruption magmatic processes inferred from the results of this study are summarized in Fig. 13. Parental magmas for the Nishiyama volcano were homogeneous during the Fujitozando stage (< 0.7 ka), while another parental magma with distinct geochemical features, which may have erupted from the Hachijo NW chain, was also present in the magmatic system before 1 ka. The parental primitive magmas were supplied from deep levels to the magma chamber at a depth of 9–12 km. Magmatic differentiation resulting from the fractional crystallization of olivine, pyroxenes, and plagioclase occurred in the magma chamber. The temporal variation in the whole-rock FeO*/MgO ratios, that are not affected by plagioclase accumulation and fractionation, is rather complex, and the ratios do not increase systematically with time (Fig. 6a), suggesting that primitive magmas were intermittently supplied to the magma chamber in which fractional crystallization occurred. During the ascent of magmas from the magma chamber, significant overgrowth of plagioclase phenocrysts is suggested to have occurred at levels shallower than about 5 km. And then, gravitational plagioclase–melt separation occurred in the ascending magmas, resulting in the accumulation and fractionation of plagioclase phenocrysts in the magmas.
Some magmas are considered to have stalled temporarily during their ascent to the surface, resulting in the crystallization of the microphenocrysts and thick rims of the plagioclase phenocryst (Fig. 8c). For sample #7–4, the pressure conditions for the crystallization were estimated assuming that the interstitial melt (Additional file 1: Table S1) was in equilibrium with An69 plagioclase (the mode of the An content of the rims; Fig. 9) at 1030 °C. The plagioclase–melt hygrometer (Eq. 25b of Putirka 2008) yields a melt H2O content as 1.8 wt.%. Because the melt was saturated with H2O at shallow levels, as discussed above, the pressure was estimated to be about 0.3 kbar using the water solubility model of Newman and Lowenstern (2002). Therefore, it is suggested that the magmas stalled temporarily at a depth of approximately 1 km (Fig. 13).
To understand the pre-eruption magmatic processes and magma plumbing system at the Nishiyama volcano on Hachijojima Island, we conducted petrological and geochemical analyses of mafic products from the volcano and arrived at the following conclusions:
The whole-rock Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions of the samples from the Fujitozando stage (< 0.7 ka) are homogeneous, suggesting that the magmas were derived from a single parental magma and that the variations in the whole-rock major and trace element contents were produced essentially by crystal–melt separation.
Some samples from the Senjojiki stage (1–3 ka) have lower K2O/TiO2, Zr/Y, La/Sm, and Pb isotopic ratios than those of the other main samples. This observation suggests that another parental magma with different geochemical features from those of the parental magma for the Fujitozando stage was present before 1 ka. This parental magma may have been similar to the primitive magmas erupted from the Hachijo NW chain.
The magma plumbing system consisted of a middle-crustal magma chamber located at a depth of 9–12 km and a deeper magma chamber which was likely the source of primitive magmas. Magmatic differentiation occurred primarily in the middle-crustal magma chamber, into which primitive magmas were intermittently injected.
Plagioclase phenocrysts crystallized in the middle-crustal magma chamber and as the magma ascended from this magma chamber. The accumulation and fractionation of plagioclase phenocrysts, which largely control the whole-rock compositional variations of the subaerial Nishiyama volcanic products, occurred in the ascending magmas, probably at relatively deep levels. Some magmas are suggested to have stalled at a depth of about 1 km, resulting in the crystallization of microphenocrysts and thick rims surrounding the plagioclase phenocrysts.
The estimated depth of 9–12 km for the middle-crustal magma chamber coincides well with the range of depths over which earthquake swarms occurred in 2002, suggesting that the magma chamber is still active. The earthquake swarms may have been caused by the injection of primitive magma into the magma chamber.
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We are grateful to Dr. Akiko Matsumoto for helping us with XRF and EPMA analyses. Fruitful and constructive comments by two anonymous reviewers substantially improved the manuscript. We also thank Professor Katsuya Kaneko for editorial handling.
This work was supported by research grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research to TK (Grant Number 20H02001) and by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, under the Second Earthquake and Volcano Hazards Observation and Research Program (#HKD_02) and the Integrated Program for Next Generation Volcano Research and Human Resource Development.
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Additional file 1: Table S1.
Results of the XRF analyses for representative samples from the Hachijo-Nishiyama volcano. Table S2. Results of the ICP–MS analyses for a subset of 25 selected samples from the Hachijo-Nishiyama volcano. Table S3. Results of the Sr–Nd–Pb isotopic analyses for a subset of 25 selected samples from the Hachijo-Nishiyama volcano. Table S4. Modal compositions of representative samples from the Hachijo-Nishiyama volcano. Table S5. Temperature and pressure conditions estimated using the two-pyroxene geothermobarometry.
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Oiwa, K., Kuritani, T., Nakagawa, M. et al. Pre-eruption magmatic processes and magma plumbing system at Hachijo-Nishiyama volcano, Izu–Bonin arc, Japan. Earth Planets Space 75, 6 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623-022-01761-9
- Active volcano
- Magma plumbing system
- Magmatic differentiation
- Plagioclase accumulation
- Water content