Acta Geochimica

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 40–67 | Cite as

Baossi–Warack monogenetic volcanoes, Adamawa Plateau, Cameroon: petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry

  • Anicet Feudjio TiabouEmail author
  • Robert Temdjim
  • Pierre Wandji
  • Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff
  • Vivian Bih Che
  • Edith Ekatah Bate Tibang
  • Caroline Neh Ngwa
  • François Xavier Onana Mebara
Original Article


Three monogenetic cones in the Baossi–Warack area, Ngaoundéré, Adamawa Plateau forming part of the Cameroon Volcanic Line (CVL) are documented in this study. Basaltic lavas (< 1 km3) scattered around these vents and restricted volcaniclastic deposits were emplaced by Hawaiian and mild strombolian style eruptions. The lavas are porphyritic, mainly composed of olivine (chrysolite) and clinopyroxene (diopside and augite) phenocrysts and plagioclase (andesine) microphenocrysts. Accessory minerals include titano-magnetite and titano-hematite, nepheline, apatite and amphibole xenocrysts. Sanidine occurs in some samples and sodi-potassic albite in others. Some olivines and clinopyroxenes exhibit resorbed margins and thin reaction rims while plagioclase displays oscillatory zoning, and sieved textures as a result of magma mixing. Whole-rock geochemistry data indicates that the lavas are silica-undersaturated, composed of basanites and basalts, showing little compositional variations (SiO2: 39.20 wt.%–48.01 wt.%, MgO: 5.29 wt.%–9.70 wt.%). Trace elements patterns of these lavas suggest they are enriched in LILE including Pb, probably due to crustal contamination. REE patterns suggest cogenetic magmas below Baossi 1 and Baossi 2 volcanoes, and distinct sources below Warack volcano and nearby lavas. The lavas studied show affinity to high-µ (HIMU), enriched type I (EM1) and Oceanic Island Basalt (OIB)-like mantle signatures and thus indicate a heterogeneous mantle source underneath the vents as noted at other monogenetic and polygenetic volcanoes along the CVL. Primary melts derived from low degrees of partial melting (0.5%–2%) and encountered low rates of fractionation, and crustal contamination coupled with magma mixing. These melts evolved independently through structural weaknesses in the basement.


Cameroon volcanic line Adamawa Plateau Volcanic field Monogenetic volcano Magma mixing Petrogenesis 



This paper is part of ongoing Ph.D. thesis by Anicet Feudjio Tiabou. It is dedicated to late Prof. Pierre Wandji, with whom we started this study. Field work and part of whole-rock geochemistry data have been financially supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon, through the Special Allocation for the Modernization of Research (SAMR) granted to the first author. Microprobe analyses have been made by JMB at Camparis, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. We highly appreciate the support of Prof. Cheo Emmanuel Suh with part of whole-rock geochemistry data and backscatter images. The authors are grateful to Prof. Károly Németh (Massey University) and Dr. Karen Fontijn (University of Oxford) for their insightful criticisms that significantly improved the clarity of this contribution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anicet Feudjio Tiabou
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Robert Temdjim
    • 2
  • Pierre Wandji
    • 3
  • Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff
    • 4
  • Vivian Bih Che
    • 1
    • 5
  • Edith Ekatah Bate Tibang
    • 6
  • Caroline Neh Ngwa
    • 7
  • François Xavier Onana Mebara
    • 7
  1. 1.Remote Sensing Unit, Faculty of Science, Department of GeologyUniversity of BueaBueaCameroon
  2. 2.Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of Yaoundé 1YaoundéCameroon
  3. 3.Laboratoire de GéologieEcole Normale Supérieure de YaoundéYaoundéCameroon
  4. 4.Univ. Paris-Sud, Sciences de la Terre, Volcanologie, Planétologie, UMR CNRS 8148 GEOPS, Bât. 504Université Paris-SaclayOrsayFrance
  5. 5.Higher Teacher Training College, Department of GeologyUniversity of BamendaBambili, BamendaCameroon
  6. 6.Institute for Geological and Mining Research (IRGM)GarouaCameroon
  7. 7.Institute for Geological and Mining Research (IRGM)Branch of Volcanologic and Geophysics Research (ARGV)BueaCameroon

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