PETROGENESIS AND GEODYNAMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF SILICIC VOLCANISM IN THE WESTERN TRANS-MEXICAN VOLCANIC BELT
Most rhyolites have high LILE/HFSE values and negative spikes at Nb, P and Ti. They also show the same Ba/Nb and K/Rb values and slightly higher Rb/Sr ratios as the 11-8 Ma basalts. Rhyolite Sr isotope data (87Sr/86Sr init = 0.70371 – 070598) are only slightly more radiogenic than the 11-8 basalts (87Sr/86Sr init = 0.70349-0.70410), whereas Nd isotope ratios are indistinguishable from them. Sr and Nd isotope ratios of the rhyolites are also similar to the crust nearby, indicating that they can be compatible either with fractional crystallization (FC) of basalts or with crust assimilation/melting. However REE contents are too low to be the result of basalt FC alone. Isotope and REE data can be successfully modeled with an initial crustal melt which subsequently undergone fractional crystallization of feldspar and quartz. Late Miocene slab detachment and subsequent slab rollback produced pulses of mafic magma that were partly trapped in the crust yielding crustal melting. Extensional faulting since the Pliocene favor the eruption of silicic magma as effusive dome and lava flows. Rifting at the boundaries of the Jalisco block is seen as a rollback induced reactivation of crustal structures but is unlike to evolve into a Jalisco microplate.