Mapping of active and inactive vent fields along the Censtral Spreading Ridge in the North Fiji Basin

Mapping of active and inactive vent fields along the Censtral Spreading Ridge in the North Fiji Basin
김종욱; 손주원; 박상준; 오지혜; 손승규
KIOST Author(s)
Kim, Jonguk(김종욱)Pak, Sang Joon(박상준)Oh, Jihye(오지혜)Son, Seung Kyu(손승규)
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The North Fiji Basin (NFB) is a mature back arc basin with an age of ∼12 Ma. Recent volcanism and spreading activity are focused along the Central Spreading Ridge (CSR), A ridge segment more than 800 km long, composed of four main segments, the N160°, N15°, north-south (N-S), and southernmost segments from north to south. Some active and inactive vent sites were discovered along the N15° and N-S segments by previous works in 90’s and early 2000’s. In 2013 and 2016, we performed two hydrothermal expeditions to investigate hydrothermal activity and related sulfide deposits in the NFB, respectively. Detailed water column survey using CTD/MAPR tows in 2013 cruise revealed new plume signals other than the known vent sites. During the high-resolution mapping and seafloor observation performed by ROV, 42 chimney clusters, consist of more than 300 chimneys, were
identified in five targeted areas of plume signals. Occurrence of active vents is well coincide with sites of both NTU and ORP anomalies, especially near the locations of large ORP response. Inactive vents are usually located near the active vents along the same volcanic structures, which imply common origin of their formation. Although no venting can be seen by visual observation at the inactive vents, dispersion of NTU and ORP anomalies in water column suggests that the activity is not extinct i.e. diffuse flows still persist. Large SMS deposits are formed
Bibliographic Citation
Goldschmidt 2018, pp.1, 2018
Geochemical Society
Geochemical Society
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Economic geology,Geochemistry,Resource geology,광상학,지구화학,자원지질학

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