Primitive Cretaceous island-arc volcanic rocks in eastern Cuba: the Téneme Formation

J. A. PROENZA FERNÁNDEZ, R. DÍAZ-MARTÍNEZ, A. IRIONDO, C. MARCHESI, Joan-Carles Melgarejo i Draper, F. GERVILLA LINARES, C. J. GARRIDO MARÍN, A. RODRÍGUEZ VEGA, J. A. BLANCO-MORENO, R. LOZANO-SANTACRUZ

Abstract


The Téneme Formation is located in the Mayarí-Cristal ophiolitic massif and represents one of the three Cretaceous volcanic Formations established in northeastern Cuba. Téneme volcanics are cut by small bodies of 89.70 ± 0.50 Ma quarz-diorite rocks (Río Grande intrusive), and are overthrusted by serpentinized ultramafics. Téneme volcanic rocks are mainly basalts, basaltic andesites, andesites, and minor dacites, and their geochemical signature varies between low-Ti island arc tholeiites (IAT) with boninitic affinity (TiO2 0.4 %; high field strength elements N-type MORB) and typical oceanic arc tholeiites (TiO2 = 0.5-0.8 %). Basaltic rocks exhibit low light REE/Yb ratios (La/Yb 5), typical of intraoceanic arcs and are comparable to Maimón Formation in Dominican Republic (IAT, pre Albian) and Puerto Rican lavas of volcanic phase I (island arc tholeiites, Aptian to Early Albian). The mantle wedge signature of the Téneme Formation indicates a highly depleted MORB-type mantle source, without any contribution of E-MORB or OIB components. Our results suggest that Téneme volcanism represents a primitive oceanic island arc environment. If the Late Cretaceous age (Turonian or early Coniacian) proposed for Téneme Formation is correct, our results indicate that the Cretaceous volcanic rocks of eastern Cuba and the Dominican Republic are not segments of a single arc system, and that in Late Cretaceous (Albian-Campanian) Caribbean island arc development is not represented only by calc-alkaline (CA) volcanic rocks as has been suggested in previous works.

Keywords


Geochemitry. Volcanic rocks. Primitive-islands arc. Téneme Formation. Cuba.

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1344/105.000000360

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Geoscience e-Journals

 

Previous

 

Random

 

Next

 

List

 

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Geologica Acta (ISSN-1695-6133)
Biblioteca de Geologia (UB-CSIC) | Facultat de Ciències de la Terra, Martí i Franquès s/n 08028 Barcelona | Spain
Phone: +34 93 403 19 89 | Fax: +34 93 402 14 21 | E-mail: geologica-acta@ictja.csic.es
RCUB revistesub@ub.edu Avís Legal RCUB Universitat de Barcelona