GEP  Vol.9 No.12 , December 2021
Fractional Crystallization and Crustal Contamination of Doleritic and Trachytic Dykes Crosscutting the Cretaceous Sedimentary Basins from Figuil (North Cameroon) and Léré (South-Western Chad): Geodynamic Implications
Abstract: Magmatism in the Cretaceous sedimentary basins of the Figuil and Léré regions constitutes one of the fundamental parameters in the reconstruction of the history of the Cretaceous sedimentary basins. The main objective of this paper is to constrain the petrogenetic processes of hypovolcanic rocks and to determine their geodynamic context of emplacement. The petrographic study of mafic hypovolcanic and trachytic rocks was carried out under a polarizing microscope on thin sections. For the geochemical study, the major oxides and some trace elements were analyzed by ICP-AES. Trace and rare earth elements were analyzed by ICP-MS. The dolerites of the Cretaceous sedimentary basins are composed of dykes of amphibole bearing dolerites, biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerite, pyroxene bearing dolerites and trachytes. The dykes are in the order of 20 to 100 m wide by several kilometers long and oriented from N23°E to N90°E. The textures of these rocks are sub-ophitic to intergranular for dolerites and trachytic for evolved rocks (trachytes). The geochemical study shows that the dolerites are basaltic in composition with alkaline to subalkaline character. The sampled dykes have an evolution dominated by fractional with the minor impact of the crustal assimilation characterized by low Rb/Y ratios for dolerites (0.36 - 0.97) and high values of Rb/Y for the Pan-African granitoids’ samples (1.95 - 4.01). The nature of doleritic and trachytic magma sources is supported by their (Tb/Yb)N > 1.9 (1.91 - 3.79) and Dy/Yb > 2 (2.32 - 3.50) ratios of most samples, which suggests melting in a garnet-bearing mantle. Concerning the geodynamic context of the studied rocks, doleritic samples are classified as within-plate tholeiite and volcanic arc basalt, and within-plate alkali basalts.

1. Introduction

Magmatic intrusions usually made up of basic and ultrabasic rocks generally exploit fracturing networks to set up (Srivastava, 2011; Silpa et al., 2021; Huang et al., 2021). The geochemical characteristics of these magmatic intrusions provide, on the one hand, elements in the reconstruction of regional geodynamic contexts, synchronous for their establishment and, on the other hand, information on the source zones of the magmas (Halls, 1987). In Central Africa, magmatic intrusions of a doleritic nature are represented by two subsets: the dolerites of the extension basins and the so-called continental tholeiite dolerites. Dolerites from extension basins have been identified in Anambra in Nigeria (Coulon et al., 1996) and in northern Cameroon, in the region of Mayo Oulo-Léré and Babouri-Figuil (Ngounouno et al., 2001). The formation of basic to intermediate intrusions which very often outcrop in dykes and sills is considered to be a direct consequence of tectonic events that have affected the Pan-African basement (Toteu et al., 1987, 1990). In Cameroon, mafic dykes have been studied in southern Cameroon in many localities: 1) Biden in the south-east of Ngaoundéré (Vicat et al., 2001); 2) Mayo Oulo-Léré (Ngounouno et al., 2001); 3) Banganté, Maham, Kendem, Dschang, Bangoua and Manjo (Tchouankoué et al., 2012, 2014); 4) Mbaoussi (Nkouandou et al., 2016); 5) Likok (Nkouandou et al., 2015); 6) Mongo in Central Chad (Nkouandou et al., 2017); 7) Temte (Poli) in North Cameroon (Atour et al., 2020); 8) Figuil and Léré (Far North Cameroon and SW of Chad) where these dykes intersect the Pan-African basement (Klamadji et al., 2020). In the Cretaceous sedimentary basins of the study area, straddling Cameroon and Chad (Figuil and Léré), basic intrusions of a doleritic nature have so far not been the subject of a detailed petrological study. The main objective of this study is to constrain the petrogenetic processes of these hypovolcanic rocks and to determine their geodynamic context using major and trace elements’ data.

2. Geological Background of Cretaceous Sedimentary Basins from Figuil and Léré (Mayo-Oulo-Léré)

The Mayo Oulo-Léré basin, in which the dykes studied are located, is a semi-graben with an asymmetric syncline structure belonging to the intracontinental basins of North Cameroon (Dejax & Brunet, 1996). It is made up of the other small sedimentary basins (Babouri-Figuil, Hama-koussou and Koum) with Wealidian facies of the Lower Cretaceous whose history is linked to the formation of the Bénoué ditch. The main geological units in the area include the Precambrian basement dated Meso to Neo-Proterozoic between −700 to −1000 Ma (Dawaï, 2014); a thick sedimentary layer dated from the Lower Cretaceous which lies in discordance on the Precambrian basement and post-Pan-African magmatic occurrences (Schwoerer, 1965). The magmatic rocks of Léré and Figuil intersected a basement of Middle to Upper Proterozoic age, covered with sediments of Lower Cretaceous age which were deposited in the two basins of 1000 km2 surface (Schwoerer, 1965). The sedimentary cover formations (Figure 1 and Figure 2)

Figure 1. (a) Location of Cameroon and Chad in Africa. (b) Geological map of North Cameroon and South West Chad (redrawn from (Bouyo et al., 2015)). TBF: Tcholliré-Banyo fault; NP: Neoproterozoic; PP: Paleoproterozoic.

Figure 2. Geological sketch map of Figuil-Léré area (modified from (Isseini et al., 2012)). 1: FmsM1; 2: FtgM3; 3: FbiM1; 4: FbiM2; 5: FbaM1; 6: DjM2; 7: T2M1; 8: T2M3; 9: ZaM1; 10: DiM3.

consist of two series: 1) the Léré series in the western extension of Lake Léré, and 2) the Lamé series west of Pala in the region by Lamé (Wacrenier, 1952). In the South and South-East, these formations are made up of the tertiary ferruginous sandstone of Pala (Maurin & Guiraud, 1990).

The Léré series contains formations from the Lower Cretaceous (Aptian-Albian). These formations are made up of thin thickness conglomerates, surmounted by coarse sandstone more or less arkosic and fine and tender sandstone, sometimes with ripple marks (elongated ridge forming a relief) alternating with greenish marls which contain some traces of limestone. Dolerite sills are interbedded there. These conglomerates, arkosic sandstones alternate with schists. In Figuil (North Cameroon), bituminous shales occupy a graben which continues east of Lake Léré and develops on Cameroonian territory.

The Lamé series is made up of formations of marine and continental origin from the Upper Cretaceous (Albian-Cenomanian) (Maurin & Guiraud, 1990). The formations consist of coarse conglomerates surmounted by arkoses, sandstones, limestone sandstones, marls, clays and lenses with lumachelles of lagoon origin. The conglomerates found along the border of the basin, north of Pala contain pebbles and boulders up to 30 cm in diameter. The limestones appearing mainly between Baoaré and Louga, near the Cameroon border, provided molluscs (Gastropods). It is crosscut by veins and laccolites of basalt and olivine bearing dolerites.

3. Sampling and Analytical Methods

A total of seven (7) samples were collected from the different dykes outcropping in the area. They were then carefully cleaned and, labeled. The preparation of thin sections was realized at Key laboratory Coalbeb Methane Resource and Reservoir Training in China. These samples were then also sent to Bureau Veritas Mineral Laboratories in Vancouver, Canada for major and trace element geochemical analyzes according to the techniques described by Klamadji et al. (2020). Rock powder of each sample (0.2 g) was added to lithium metaborate/lithium tetraborate flux (0.90 g), well mixed and fused in a furnace at 1000˚C. The resulting melt was then cooled and dissolved in 100 ml of 4% nitric acid and 2% hydrochloric acid. This solution was then analyzed by a combination of ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry) and ICP-AES (inductively-coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry) to determine major and trace element compositions of the samples. The obtained results were corrected for spectral inter-element interferences. Oxide concentration was calculated from the determined elemental concentration and the result was reported in that format. Loss on ignition (LOI) was measured by weight difference after ignition at 1000˚C. To certify data quality (95% confidence level) and to calibrate the equipment for optimal precision, a replicate, standard and blank was measured. For the major oxides, the analytical uncertainties were about 0.01 wt%, apart from Fe2O3 (0.04%). The detection limits for trace elements were variable as follow (in ppm): Ni (20); V (8); Ba, Sc, Be, Sn (1); Ga, Sr, W (0.5); Nd (0.3); Co, Th (0.2); Cs, Hf, Nb, Rb, Ta, U, Zr, Y, La, Ce (0.1); Sm, Gd, Dy, Yb (0.05); Er (0.03); Pr, Eu, Ho (0.02); Tb, Tm, Lu (0.01). Results of petrography and geochemistry analysis are presented in Table 1 and Table 2.

4. Results

4.1. Petrography

The hypovolcanic and volcanic dykes that are the subject of this work are dolerites and trachytes with length varying from 0.38 to 9.5 km and width ranging

Table 1. Petrographic and structural characteristics of the studied dykes.

AD: amphibole bearing dolerites; BPD: biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites; PD: pyroxene bearing dolerites. Cpx: clinopyroxene; Pl: plagioclase; Opq: opaque; Amp: amphibole; Bt: biotite; Afs: alkali feldspar; Sa: sanidine; Qtz: quartz; Ap: apatite; Ttn: titanite; Ep: epidote; Chl: chlorite.

Table 2. Whole-rock major and trace element composition of the Figuil and Léré dykes.

AD: amphibole bearing dolerites; BPD: biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites; PD: pyroxene bearing dolerites.

from 30 to 100 m (Table 1). The petrographic study reveals mineral assemblage characteristics of dolerites and trachyte. For instance, we have assemblages of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, amphibole, alkali feldspar, quartz, biotite, oxides and apatite that characterize dolerites, and assemblage of plagioclase, sanidine, biotite and opaques minerals characterizing trachytes. All the rock-types present chlorites and epidotes as secondary minerals.

4.1.1. Amphibole-Bearing Dolerites

At Dissing, amphibole bearing dolerites (AD) outcrop in the form of decimetric and metric blocks with an annular shape of 38 to 40 m diameter. AD are characterized by a sub-ophitic texture. The minerals observed are phenocrysts and microcrystals of plagioclase, clinopyroxenes, amphiboles, biotite, alkali feldspars, opaque. Plagioclases which are the most abundant minerals appear in phenocrysts which are generally quite automorphic and in microliths (Figure 3(a)).

Figure 3. Photomicrograph highlighting the textures of hypovolcanic rocks. (a) Amphibole phenocryst in amphibole bearing dolerite; the arrangement of plagioclase phenocrysts around the amphibole phenocryst is observable. (b) Sub-ophitic texture of pyroxene bearing dolerites of Tchontchi-Golombé showing the damouritization of many sections of plagioclase. (c) Intergranular texture of Biotite and pyroxene bearing dolérites of Zalbi-Djalingo presenting an association of clinopyroxene, alkali feldspar and opaques phenocrysts sections. (d) porphyrtic texture of Mayo-Sorowel trachyte showing sanidine and biotite phenocrysts, and well-automorphic plagioclases in the matrix surrounded by sanidine microliths. Opq: Opaque minerals; Pl: Plagioclase; Amp: Amphibole; Cpx: Clinopyroxene; Bt: Biotite; Afs: Alkali feldspar.

Inclusions of accessory minerals such as apatite and titanite have been observed in some sections.

4.1.2. Pyroxene-Bearing Dolerites

The pyroxene bearing dolerites (PD) of Tchintchou Golombé outcrop in the form of a rectilinear dyke oriented N30˚ - 60˚E (75 to 100 m width and >5000 m long) with blocks of centimetric (10 to 24 cm) to metric (1.2 × 2.8 m) in diameter. The PD have a sub-ophitic texture (Figure 3(b)) and are made up of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, alkali feldspars, quartz, opaque minerals, epidote and chlorite. Damourite also occurs as a secondary mineral of plagioclase alteration (Figure 3(b)).

4.1.3. Biotite and Pyroxene-Bearing Dolerites

The biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites (BPD) are observed in blocks (up to 3.7 m diameter) and flagstones at Zalbi, Teuchéné and Djalingo. They outcrop in the form of rectilinear dyke with N23˚E to N45˚E orientation, 50 - 100 m width and approximately 9.5 km long. Under microscope, the BPD show an intergranular texture (Figure 3(c)) characterized by plagioclase, alkali feldspars, clinopyroxenes, biotite, quartz, opaque minerals, epidote and chlorite.

4.1.4. Trachyte

The trachyte also outcrops in the form of a rectilinear dyke (E-W) in the Cretaceous sedimentary basins of Babouri-Figuil and consists of large decimetric (9 × 12 dm) to metric (1.5 × 4.2 m) blocks and flagstones. Porphyrtic texture of this trachytic dolerite is made up of alkali feldspar, plagiocalse and amphibole (Figure 3(d)).

4.2. Geochemical Characterization

4.2.1. Major Elements Geochemistry

The geochemical analyzes of the dolerite and trachyte samples are reported in Table 2.

Using the TAS diagram (Le Bas et al., 1986), dolerites are mainly basaltic, except the FmsM1 sample which is placed in the trachyte fields (Figure 4). The pyroxene bearing dolerites (PD) and biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites (BPD) are sub-alkaline while trachyte and amphibole bearing dolerites (AD) are alkaline. The overall chemical composition is relatively homogeneous for dolerites: 48.25 wt% < SiO2 < 52.59 wt%; 2.73 wt% < Na2O + K2O < 4.86 wt%; 10.62 < Fe2O3 < 12.05 wt%; 5.40 wt% < MgO < 6.95 wt%; 1.67% < TiO2 < 2.63 wt%; 14 wt% < Al2O3 < 14.72 wt%.

AS suggested by the Th/Ta ratio (1.40 - 1.66) (Cabanis & Thieblemont, 1988), these dolerites belong to the continental tholeiite series. In fact, in the AFM diagram (Irvine & Baragar, 1971), all the dolerite samples are placed in the tholeiitic domain (Figure 5(a)) except for the trachyte sample which is found in the calc-alkaline field. Figure 5(b) and Figure 5(c) confirm the fact that studied dolerites have tholeiitic composition. The silica content is within

Figure 4. K2O + Na2O versus SiO2 classification diagram (after (Le Bas et al., 1986)); the alkaline-subalkaline dividing line is from Irvine & Baragar (1971). AD: amphibole bearing dolerites; PD: pyroxene bearing dolerites; BPD: biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites.

the range of continental tholeiites described elsewhere (Carmichael et al., 1974): Karoo dolerites (SiO2 = 50.6% to 53.6%), middle diabases of eastern North America North (SiO2 = 51.1%), Columbia River basalts (SiO2 = 50.0 to 54.4%), Mayo Oulo-Léré and Babouri-Figuil dolerites (SiO2 = 51.72%; (Ngounouno et al., 2001).

Harker diagrams for major elements present each oxide plotted against MgO wt% (Figure 6). Negative correlations are observed for Na2O, K2O, P2O5, Al2O3 and SiO2 (Figures 6(a)-(e)) while positive correlations are visible for Fe2O, TiO2, MnO and CaO (Figures 6(f)-(i)). These major element trends are compatible with an evolution of the magmas through the fractionation.

4.2.2. Trace Elements Geochemistry

Transitional metal like Cr, Co, Ni, and V varies from one facies to another: amphibole bearing (Cr: 290 ppm; Co: 43.5 ppm; Ni: 94 ppm; V: 190 ppm), biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites (Cr: 120 - 390 ppm; Co: 33.1 - 40.3 ppm; Ni: 50 - 122 ppm; V: 168 - 199 ppm), pyroxene bearing dolerites (Cr: 360 ppm; Co: 37.3 ppm; Ni: 121 ppm; V: 171 ppm). Trachyte has high levels Ba, Sr, Rb and Th, and low in Sc, V, Ni and Co. The Sc, Ni, Cr and Sr contents increase with increasing MgO (Figures 7(a)-(d)) while the contents of Rb, Nb, La and Zr decrease with the increase of MgO (Figures 7(e)-(i)).

The rare earth elements spectra normalized to chondrites (Sun & McDonough, 1989) (Figure 8(a)) of AD, BPD and PD attest to the low fractionation of rare earth elements (ΣREE = 45.95 - 130, 32 ppm) for dolerites; ΣREE for trachyte is approximately 212.8 ppm. They also show a regular negative slope characterized by a low enrichment in LREE ((La/Yb) N = 3.33 - 65.99) similar to the fractionation of HREE ((Gd/Yb) N = 2.22 - 5.36). These rocks exhibit a slight positive Europium anomaly (Eu/Eu* = 1.01 - 1.08). Primitive-mantle normalized (Sun & Mc- Donough, 1989) spider diagrams of the dolerites and trachyte are shown in Figure 8(b) and display a strongly negative slope characterized by a strong enrichment

Figure 5. (a) AFM diagram of Ivrine & Baragar (1971) showing geochemical affinities of the Figuil and Léré dolerites. A: Na2O + K2O; F: FeOt; M: MgO. (b) FeOt versus (FeOt/MgO) diagram of Figuil and Léré rocks after Miyashiro (1974). (c) TiO2 versus Y/Nb diagram of Figuil and Léré dolerite (after (Floyd & Winchester, 1975)).

Figure 6. Harker diagrams of major elements versus MgO.

Figure 7. Harker diagrams of trace elements vs. MgO.

AD: amphibole bearing dolerites; PD: pyroxene bearing dolerites.

Figure 8. Chondrite (Sun & McDounough, 1989), normalized REE patterns for dolerites (a) and Primitive Mantle (Sun & McDounough, 1989), normalized multielement patterns for studied dolerites (b).

in LILE (Rb, Ba, Th) compared to HFSEs (Hf, Zr, Y). The dolerites show negative anomalies in U, Th, Ce and Nd, and positive anomalies in Ba,K, Nb and Sr.

5. Discussion

5.1. Fractional Crystallization

The major and trace elements systematics together with the petrographic observations of the studied samples suggest important level of continuous crystallization of mineral phases from their parental magmas. For example, the low contents of (Ni < 122 ppm), (Co < 43 ppm), MgO (average of 6.02%) and Mg# (<58) testify that the parental magmas would have undergone a significant fractionation of ferromagnesian minerals (Arth, 1976; Frey et al., 1978; Xu et al., 2001) within the magma chamber or as they ascend to the surface of the earth’s crust. The negative correlation in P2O5 would be compatible with the presence of apatite which was unfortunately not observed in thin sections. The decrease in Al2O3 and Sr contents is the result of the significant fractionation of plagioclase feldspars. The continuous decrease in Fe2O3 and TiO2 associated with regularly decrease in Mgo, indicates a stage of fractionation of Fe-Ti oxides during the evolution of the magma. The crystallization of clinopyroxene is characterized by a decrease in CaO (Figure 6(i)), Sc and Cr (Figure 7(a), (c)) concentrations at decreasing MgO contents. La/Sm vs. La diagram (Figure 9(a)) show nearly linear trend expressing fractional crystallization and high gradient lines demonstrating partial melting (Stephen, 2006). Despite a relative dispersion of the data in some cases, the different plots show an almost linear positive correlation between the incompatible elements (Figures 9(b)-(d)). The Nb vs. La, Zr and Rb diagrams of mafic magmatic rocks in the study area suggest an alignment of points on a line passing through the origin. On the other hand, lines not passing through the origin reflect the evolution of magmas from multiple sources and/or variable modalities of magmatic mixtures or crustal contamination. The behavior of the data in these different diagrams confirms that the hypovolcanic rocks of Figuil and Léré evolved through fractional crystallization. The collinear variations of the trace elements also indicate the probable development of fractional crystallization processes operating in more or less enriched and/or contaminated mantel-derived magmas.

5.2. Crustal Contamination

In the Th/Yb vs. Ta/Yb diagram of Pearce (1982) (Figure 10(a)) the samples are cluster at the initial point of the fractional crystallization process. They plot within the mantle array and seem to have a positive correlation similar to that of

Figure 9. (a) La/Sm vs. La diagram showing the characterization of geologic processes of the studied diorites. ((b), (c)) Illustration of fractional crystallization using incompatible elements.

Figure 10. (a) Th/Yb vs. Ta/Yb diagram after Pearce (1982) applied to studied dolerites; CA: calc-alkaline, SHO: shoshonite, TH: tholeiitic basalts. The vectors S, C, W and F refer to subduction zone, crustal contamination, intra plate fractionation, and fractional crystallization respectively according to Pearce (1982). (b) Nb/Y vs. Rb/Y diagram after Cox & Hawkesworth (1985) and Leeman & Hawkesworth (1986) showing basement samples relative to the dolerite compositions. Data for Precambrian basement are from Isseini et al. (2012).

uncontaminated lavas. The low effect of contamination by crustal fragments can be also evidenced in the Rb/Y vs. Nb/Y diagram of Cox & Hawkesworth (1985) and Leeman & Hawkesworth (1986) (Figure 10(b)). In this diagram, the studied dolerites (Rb/Y: 0.36 - 0.97) are plotted far from Pan-African granitoids’ samples (Rb/Y: 1.95 - 4.01) suggesting the minor impact of the crustal assimilation compared to the fractional crystallization on magma compositions.

The dolerite samples chemical compositions also show Nb/U (28.33 - 47.00), La/Nb (0.65 - 1.55), and Th/Nb (0.06 - 0.10) ratios like those of MORB characterized by high values of the Nb/U ratio (>45) and low values of the La/Nb ratio (0.8 - 1.1) and Th/Nb (<0.1) (Sun & McDonough, 1989; Hofmann et al., 1986; Hollanda et al., 2006), and far from the continental crust that has a low value of the ratio Nb/U (4.4 - 25) and high values of the ratios of La/Nb (1.6 - 2.6) and Th/Nb (0.24 - 0.88) according to Rudnick et al. (2003). These features indicate a negligible effect of crustal contamination. The positive Nb-Ta anomalies (Nb/Nb*: 1.04 - 1.25) in all dolerites also signify the nonexistence of contamination by crustal materials.

5.3. Mantle Source and Melting

Given that the magma migrated through continental basement rocks, consequently the origin of the dolerites and trachyte from the melting of the continental Pan African granitoids cannot be excluded. However, trace elements ratios, principally incompatible ones, Ba/Nb and Rb/Zr (LILE/HFSE) are superior in the Pan-African granitoids rocks from Zabili (south-western Chad) (9.88 - 45.89 and 0.19 - 1.29, respectively; (Isseini et al., 2012) than those of Léré and figuil dolerites (8.84 - 22.02 and 0.02 - 0.06, respectively) and thus disqualify the derivation of the studied samples from the melting of the crustal rocks.

The nature of doleritic and trachytic magma source is supported by their (Tb/Yb)N > 1.9 (1.91 - 3.79) and Dy/Yb > 2 (2.32 - 3.50) ratios of most samples, which suggests melting in a garnet-bearing mantle (Wang et al., 2002; Jung et al., 2006). The normalizing values are of Sun & MCDonough (1989). The Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios of dolerites (14.60 - 19.32 and 34.35 - 41.84), respectively) are analogous to those of trachyte (14.34 and 46.48), respectively), signifying that doleritic and trachytic magmas are co-genetic.

5.4. Geodynamic and Geotectonic Context

Following the classifications of Ivrine & Baragar (1971), Miyashiro (1974) and Floyd & Winchester (1975) (Figures 5(a)-(c)), the dolerites was previously classified in tholeiitic series. The geodynamic and geotectonic context of the doleritic samples is approved in the Zr/4 - 2Nb-Y triangular diagram of Meschede (1986) (Figure 11(a)) where almost all of the mafic magmatic hypovolcanic rocks were plotted in the field of within-plate tholeiite and volcanic arc basalt. Only the amphibole bearing dolerite is classified as within-plate alkali basalts and trachyte is not classified. This geotectonic context is also confirmed by a binary Zr/Y vs. Zr diagram of geotectonic discrimination (Pearce & Norry, 1979) of basaltic rocks where the dolerites are plot in within-plate basalts field (Figure 11(b)); only the trachyte sample which is characterized by high Zr/Y

Figure 11. (a) Zr/4 - 2Nb-Y triangular diagram of Meschede (1986) showing the geotectonic context of mafic magmatic rocks of Figuil and Léré dolerites and trachytes. AI: Within-plate alkali basalts; AII: Within-plate alkali basalts and Within-plate tholeiite; B: E-type MORB; C: Within-plate tholeiite and volcanic arc basalt; D: N-type MORB and volcanic arc basalt. (b) Zr/Y vs. Zr diagram of basaltic rocks (Pearce & Norry, 1979) showing the location of the mafic magmatic rocks studied in the field of whithin plate basalts.

(55.78) is not classified. Continental tholeiites were also identified in other localities in Cameroon and Chad (crosscutting the Pan-African basement) at Figuil and Léré (Klamadji et al., 2020), Mayo Oulo-Léré and Babouri-Figuil (Ngounouno et al., 2001), Balché and Mangbaï (Béa et al., 1990), Biden (Vicat et al., 2001), Dschang, Bangangté and Manjo (Tchouankoué et al., 2012), Mbaoussi (Nkouandou et al., 2016), Bafoussam (Kouankap Nono et al., 2013).

6. Conclusion

The chemical study of studied dykes shows that mafic samples (dolerites) are predominantly basaltic in composition, while the felsic one is trachytic. Based on the mineralogical geochemical compositions, three groups of dolerites are identified: the pyroxene bearing dolerites (PD) and biotite and pyroxene bearing dolerites (BPD) are sub-alkaline while amphibole bearing dolerites (AD) and trachyte are alkaline. The rocks of the studied area have an evolution dominated by a fractional process with negligible impact of the crustal contamination characterized by low Rb/Y ratios for dolerites (0.36 - 0.97) and high values of Rb/Y for the Pan-African granitoids’ samples (1.95 - 4.01). The nature of doleritic and trachytic magma sources is supported by their (Tb/Yb)N > 1.9 (1.91 - 3.79) and Dy/Yb > 2 (2.32 - 3.50) ratios of most samples, which suggests melting in a garnet-bearing mantle. Regarding the geodynamic and geotectonic context of the studied rocks, doleritic samples are classified as 1) Within-plate tholeiite and volcanic arc basalt; 2) Within-plate alkali basalts.

In the future, we plan to increase the number of analyzes in these dolerite formations in order to better characterize them geochemically. Isotopic data will be needed to better characterize the source of these rocks. In order to insert the dolerite dykes studied in the context of CPAC, radiogenic dating will be also necessary.


This paper is a part of doctoral research being done by Klamadji Moussa Ngarena. Boris Chako-Tchamabé and anonymous reviewers are thanked for useful remarks which helped us to improve the manuscript.

Cite this paper: Klamadji, M. , Dedzo, M. , Tchameni, R. , Hamadjoda, D. , Nyotok, P. and Onana, G. (2021) Fractional Crystallization and Crustal Contamination of Doleritic and Trachytic Dykes Crosscutting the Cretaceous Sedimentary Basins from Figuil (North Cameroon) and Léré (South-Western Chad): Geodynamic Implications. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 9, 190-210. doi: 10.4236/gep.2021.912012.

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