Magmatic-hydrothermal processes of the Laojunshan metamorphic massif in Southeastern Asia: Evidence from chemical and B-isotopic variations of deformed tourmalines

Wei Li, Shuyun Cao, Eizo Nakamura, Tsutomu Ota, Zhong Liu, Yanlong Dong, Tak Kunihiro

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Multi-stage fluid influx has led to the volumetrically important occurrence of granite-related tourmalines at the Laojunshan metamorphic massif in Southeast Asia, which exhibits variable deformed structures and decomposition textures. These include disseminated tourmaline porphyroclasts (type-I), crosscutting tourmaline-quartz veins (type-II) and tourmaline veinlets (type-III). The chemical variations of these three types of tourmalines reveal a source transition from early boron-rich melt to late hydrothermal fluid, accompanying with variable fluid-rock interaction. Hydrothermal tourmalines are characterized by higher Mg/(Mg + Fe) ratios, lower Na/(Na + Ca) ratios, more pronounced positive Eu anomalies, higher Sr and heavy rare earth element (HREE) concentrations, and lower Li, Nb, Zr, Hf, and light rare earth element (LREE) concentrations compared to magmatic tourmalines. The tourmalines exhibit δ11B values ranging from −13 to −7.9‰ for type-I, from −15.5 to −7.5‰ for type-II, and from −18.6 to −11.6‰ for type-III. This variation is mainly due to multiple fluid exsolution, Rayleigh fractionation and the mixing of two isotopically distinct sources. U[sbnd]Pb dating results of magmatic zircons from two tourmaline-bearing gneisses reveal the ages of magma emplacement and crystallization from 445 to 420 Ma. Magmatic-hydrothermal fluids released from Silurian peraluminous granites are responsible for the formation of the disseminated type-I tourmalines. Further hydraulic fracturing during exhumation led to the formation of the tourmaline-quartz veins (type-II) and the tourmaline veinlets (type-III), possibly from Cretaceous granitic magma-derived fluids that interacted with metamorphic rocks. The decreasing grain size resulted from decomposition and cataclasis coupled with the overpressured fluids weakening the host rocks along fractures and eventually promoting the deformation during exhumation of the metamorphic massif. The chemical and isotopic compositions of tourmaline suggest that the oxidized conditions possibly through fluid boiling and fluid-rock interaction may promote the regional Sn-mineralization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106609
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • Boron isotopes
  • Fluid
  • Laojunshan metamorphic massif
  • Magmatic-hydrothermal evolution
  • Tourmaline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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