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How serpentinites in the forearc mantle and subducted lithosphere become involved in enriching the subarc mantle source of arc magmas is controversial. Here we report molybdenum isotopes for primitive submarine lavas and serpentinites from active volcanoes and serpentinite mud volcanoes in the Mariana arc. These data, in combination with radiogenic isotopes and elemental ratios, allow development of a model whereby shallow, partially serpentinized and subducted forearc mantle transfers fluid and melt from the subducted slab into the subarc mantle. These entrained forearc mantle fragments are further metasomatized by slab fluids/melts derived from the dehydration of serpentinites in the subducted lithospheric slab. Multistage breakdown of serpentinites in the subduction channel ultimately releases fluids/melts that trigger Mariana volcanic front volcanism. Serpentinites dragged down from the forearc mantle are likely exhausted at >200 km depth, after which slab-derived serpentinites are responsible for generating slab melts.
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Nature Communications, v. 12, art. 6015
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Li, Hong-Yan; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Li, Jie; Tamura, Yoshihiko; Spencer, Christopher; Stern, Robert J.; Ryan, Jeffrey G.; and Xu, Yi-Gang, "Molybdenum Isotopes Unmask Slab Dehydration and Melting Beneath the Mariana Arc" (2021). School of Geosciences Faculty and Staff Publications. 2334.