Geochemical compositions are reported for Late Miocene to Pliocene granitoids from the Taitao Peninsula near the Chile ridge subduction zone. Major element compositions of Taitao granitoids show a resemblance with those of TTG suites. However, trace element compositions are characterized by low Sr (50-300 ppm), moderately high Y (10-45 ppm) and Yb concentrations (1-5 ppm), and low Sr/Y and La/Yb ratios compared with those of typical adakites, which are presumably produced by melting of young and hot oceanic crust under eclogite to garnet amphibolite conditions. Instead, trace element composition of the Taitao granitoids resembles that of typical calc-alkaline arc magmas. Based on trace element compositions, together with tectonic constraints, we infer that the Taitao granitoids were generated by partial melting of the subducted oceanic crust in garnet-free amphibolite conditions at depths shallower than 30 km. Our results indicate that slab-melting-related magmas do not necessarily show a HREE-depleted signature, which was used as evidence for slab-melting for granitic rocks of the TTG suites.
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- Geochemistry and Petrology