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Constraints on dacite magma degassing and regime of the June 15, 1991, climactic eruption of Mount Pinatubo (Philippines): New data on melt and crystal inclusions in quartz.

Abstract : To better constrain processes that operated prior to and during the dacite magma eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991, primary inclusions found in quartz phenocrysts of white dacite pumice have been studied by combining micro-analytical techniques with homogenisation experiments. Inclusion morphology and composition before and after homogenisation experiments performed in gas pressure vessels at 760–780 °C and 185–200 MPa distinguish two stages of magma degassing. During the first stage, which occurred prior to eruption, the host quartz trapped a fluid-saturated rhyolitic melt with an average of 78.6±0.7 wt.% SiO2, 12.4±0.5 wt.% Al2O3 and 7±0.3 wt.% H2O and a water-rich fluid. Microanalyses on the quartz-hosted multiphase and crystal inclusions indicate that the dacite magma crystallised at 750±5 °C, an oxygen fugacity of 1.5–1.7 log fO2 units above the NNO (nickel–nickel oxide) buffer, and a total pressure of 190±50 MPa corresponding to depths from 4 to 7 km. In the second stage, which corresponds to the magma eruption and decompression to 12–23 MPa, volatile exsolution provoked decrepitation of unstable melt inclusions and the loss of initially high H2O contents from all >80 μm glassy and Hourglass inclusions to 1.7±0.3 wt.% H2O. The exsolution of 5 wt.% H2O from the dacite magma might have occurred at depths of 300–700 m due to vent blockage caused by the sudden collapse of the conduit walls. These conditions of the climactic eruption in combination with an extreme mass eruption rate reaching 2×109 kg s−1 could create oscillations between convecting and collapsing columns, which explains the alternation of pyroclastic-flow deposits with plinian pumice-fall deposits reported in previous studies.
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Anastassia Yu Borisova, Michel Pichavant, Jean-Michel Bény, Olivier Rouer, Julie Pronost. Constraints on dacite magma degassing and regime of the June 15, 1991, climactic eruption of Mount Pinatubo (Philippines): New data on melt and crystal inclusions in quartz.. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Elsevier, 2005, 145, pp.35-67. ⟨10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2005.01.004⟩. ⟨hal-00023361⟩

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