Vincent van Hinsberg


Processus volcaniques
et hydrothermaux
Genèse minérale

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Vincent.vanHinsberg [at]

The abundance of water on Earth has a profound impact on how our planet operates; aqueous fluids facilitate melting and subduction, and hence plate tectonics; control the redistribution of elements to make ore deposits; and determine the availability of (trace) element nutrients to life. Knowledge of the compositions of these fluids is therefore essential. Unfortunately, direct fluid samples are rare, especially for deep in the Earth and for its earliest history. However, minerals with preserved compositions are readily available, sampling environments to more than 200 km depth and back to at least 4.2 billion years ago. Minerals capture a fingerprint of the associated fluid by element exchange, and in my research I investigate how to read this mineral record. This involves understanding how elements partition among minerals, fluids and melts in experiments from surface conditions to high temperature and pressure; computational modelling of mineral lattices to see where elements reside and how they are accommodated, and in-situ trace element work on natural samples. My group applies these tools to research as diverse as early Earth subduction, volcano hazard monitoring, and metal (re)cycling.

Berryman, E.J., Kutzschbach, M., Trumbull, R.B., Meixner, A., van Hinsberg, V., Kasemann, S.A., Franz, G., 2017Tourmaline as a petrogenetic indicator in the Pfitsch Formation, Western Tauern Window, Eastern AlpsLithos 284-285, 138-155. 

Gunawan, H., Caudron, C., Pallister, J., Primulyana, S., Christenson, B., Mccausland, W., Van Hinsberg, V., Lewicki, J., Rouwet, D., Kelly, P., Kern, C., Werner, C., Johnson, J.B., Utami, S.B., Syahbana, D.K., Saing, U., Suparjan, Purwanto, B.H., Sealing, C., Cruz, M.M., Maryanto, S., Bani, P., Laurin, A., Schmid, A., Bradley, K., Agung Nandaka, I.G.M., Hendrasto, M., 2017New insights into Kawah Ijen's volcanic system from the wet volcano workshop experiment. Geological Society of London Special Publication 437 (1), 35-56. 

Ross, D.A.N., Guzmán, H.M., Potvin, C., van Hinsberg, V.J., 2017. A review of toxic metal contamination in marine turtle tissues and its implications for human health. Regional Studies in Marine Science 15, 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2017.06.003

Siegel, K., Williams-Jones, A.E., van Hinsberg, V.J., 2017. The amphiboles of the REE-rich A-type peralkaline Strange Lake pluton – fingerprints of magma evolution. Lithos 288-289, 156-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2017.07.012

van Hinsberg, V.J., Franz, G., Wood, B.J., 2017. Determining subduction-zone fluid composition using a tourmaline mineral probe. Geochemical Perspectives Letters 3 (1), 160-169.  DOI: 10.7185/geochemlet.1719

van Hinsberg, V., Vigouroux, N., Palmer, S., Berlo, K., Mauri, G., Williams-Jones, A., Mckenzie, J., Williams-Jones, G., Fischer, T., 2017Element flux to the environment of the passively degassing crater lake-hosting Kawah Ijen volcano, Indonesia, and implications for estimates of the global volcanic fluxGeological Society of London Special Publication 437 (1), 9-34. 

Lewicki, J.L., Caudron, C., van Hinsberg, V.J., Hilley, G.E., 2016High spatio-temporal resolution observations of crater lake temperatures at Kawah Ijen volcano, East Java, IndonesiaBulletin of Volcanology 78 (8), art. no. 53. 

Ross, D.A., Guzmán, H.M., Van Hinsberg, V.J., Potvin, C., 2016Metal contents of marine turtle eggs (Chelonia mydas; Lepidochelys olivacea) from the tropical eastern pacific and the implications for human healthJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes 51 (10), 675-687. 

van Hinsberg, V.J., Berlo, K., Migdisov, A., Williams-Jones, A.E., 2016. CO2-fluxing collapses metal mobility in magmatic vapour. Geochemical Perspective Letters 2 (2), 169-177. DOI: 10.7185/geochemlet.1617

Caudron, C., Syahbana, D.K., Lecocq, T., Van Hinsberg, V., McCausland, W., Triantafyllou, A., Camelbeeck, T., Bernard, A., 2015. Surono Kawah Ijen volcanic activity: a review. Bulletin of Volcanology 77 (3), 39p., DOI 10.1007/s00445-014-0885-8 

Backeberg, N.R., Rowe, C.D., Van Hinsberg, V.J., Bellefroid, E.J. 2014, Structural and metamorphic evidence for Mesoarchaean subduction in the Finlayson Lake greenstone belt, Superior Province, Ontario, Precambrian Research, vol. 249, pp. 100-114.

Berlo, K., van Hinsberg, V.J., Vigouroux, N., Gagnon, J.E. , Williams-Jones, A.E. 2014, Sulfide breakdown controls metal signature in volcanic gas at Kawah Ijen volcano, Indonesia, Chemical Geology, vol. 371, pp. 115-127.

Keulen, N., Schumacher, J.C., Næraa, T., Kokfelt, T.F., Scherstén, A., Szilas, K., van Hinsberg, V.J., Schlatter, D.M., Windley, B.F. 2014, Meso- and Neoarchaean geological history of the Bjørnesund and Ravns Storø Supracrustal Belts, southern West Greenland: Settings for gold enrichment and corundum formation, Precambrian Research, vol. 254, pp. 36-58.

King J, Williams-Jones AE, van Hinsberg VJ, Williams-Jones G. 2014, High-Sulfidation Epithermal Pyrite-Hosted Au (Ag-Cu) Ore Formation by Condensed Magmatic Vapors on Sangihe Island, Indonesia. Economic Geology, vol. 109, no 6, pp. 1705-1733. 

Migdisov, A.A., Bychkov, A., Williams-Jones, A.E., van Hinsberg, V.J. 2014, A predictive model for the transport of copper by HCl-bearing water vapour in ore-forming magmatic-hydrothermal systems: Implications for copper porphyry ore formation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 129, pp. 33-53. 

Szilas, K., Van Hinsberg, V.J., Creaser, R.A., Kisters, A.F.M. 2014, The geochemical composition of serpentinites in the Mesoarchaean Tartoq Group, SW Greenland: Harzburgitic cumulates or melt-modified mantle?, Lithos, vol. 198-199, no. 1, pp. 103-116.

Szilas, K., Van Hinsberg, V.J., Kisters, A.F.M., Hoffmann, J.E., Windley, B.F., Kokfelt, T.F., Scherstén, A., Frei, R., Rosing, M.T., Münker, C. 2013, Remnants of arc-related Mesoarchaean oceanic crust in the Tartoq Group of SW Greenland, Gondwana Research, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 436-451. 

Van Hinsberg, V., Zinngrebe, E., Melzer, S., Van Der Laan, S., Jonckbloedt, R. 2013, Influence of texture and trace element composition on hematite to wüstite reduction rates of fine iron ore fragments, ISIJ International, vol. 53, no. 12, pp. 2018-2027.

Kisters, A.F.M., van Hinsberg, V.J., Szilas, K.  2012. Geology of an Archaean accretionary complex - The structural record of burial and return flow in the Tartoq Group of South West Greenland, Precambrian Research, vol. 220-221, pp. 107-122.

Matthews, N.E., Pyle, D.M., Smith, V.C., Wilson, C.J.N., Huber, C., van Hinsberg, V.  2012. Quartz zoning and the pre-eruptive evolution of the ~340-ka Whakamaru magma systems, New Zealand, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 163, no. 1, pp. 87-107.

Szilas, K., Elis Hoffmann, J., Scherstén, A., Rosing, M.T., Windley, B.F., Kokfelt, T.F., Keulen, N., van Hinsberg, V.J., Næraa, T., Frei, R., Münker, C.  2012. Complex calc-alkaline volcanism recorded in Mesoarchaean supracrustal belts north of Frederikshåb Isblink, southern West Greenland: Implications for subduction zone processes in the early Earth, Precambrian Research, vol.  208-211, pp. 90-123.

Szilas, K., Næraa, T., Scherstén, A., Stendal, H., Frei, R., van Hinsberg, V.J., Kokfelt, T.F., Rosing, M.T.  2012. Origin of Mesoarchaean arc-related rocks with boninite/komatiite affinities from southern West Greenland, Lithos, vol. 144-145, pp. 24-39.

Migdisov, A., Williams-Jones, A.E., van Hinsberg, V., Salvi, S.  2011. An experimental study of the solubility of baddeleyite (ZrO 2) in fluoride-bearing solutions at elevated temperature, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 75, no. 23, pp. 7426-7434.

Palmer, S.C.J., van Hinsberg, V.J., McKenzie, J.M., Yee, S.  2011. Characterization of acid river dilution and associated trace element behavior through hydrogeochemical modeling: A case study of the Banyu Pahit River in East Java, Indonesia, Applied Geochemistry, vol. 26, no. 11, pp. 1802-1810.

Van Hinsberg, V.J.  2011. Preliminary experimental data on trace-element partitioning between tourmaline and silicate melt, Canadian Mineralogist, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 153-163.

Van Hinsberg, V.J., Henry, D.J., Marschall, H.R.  2011. Tourmaline: An ideal indicator of its host environment, Canadian Mineralogist,vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 1-16.

Van Hinsberg, V.J., Schumacher, J.C.  2011. Tourmaline as a petrogenetic indicator mineral in the haut-allier metamorphic suite, Massif Central, France, Canadian Mineralogist, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 177-194.

Von Goerne, G., Franz, G., Van Hinsberg, V.J.  2011. Experimental determination of NA-CA distribution between tourmaline and fluid in the system CaO-Na 2O-MgO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2-B 2O 3-H 2O, Canadian Mineralogist, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 137-152.

van Hinsberg, V., Berlo, K., Sumarti, S., van Bergen, M., Williams-Jones, A.  2010. Extreme alteration by hyperacidic brines at Kawah Ijen volcano, East Java, Indonesia: II. Metasomatic imprint and element fluxes, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, vol. 196, no. 3-4, pp. 169-184.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Migdisov, A.A., Williams-Jones, A.E.  2010. Reading the mineral record of fluid composition from element partitioning, Geology, vol. 38, no. 9, pp. 847-850.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Marschall, H.R.  2007. Boron isotope and light element sector zoning in tourmaline: Implications for the formation of B-isotopic signatures, Chemical Geology, vol. 238, no. 3-4, pp. 141-148.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Schumacher, J.C.  2007. Intersector element partitioning in tourmaline: A potentially powerful single crystal thermometer, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 153, no. 3, pp. 289-301.

Van Hinsberg, V.J., Schumacher, J.C.  2007. Using estimated thermodynamic properties to model accessory phases: The case of tourmaline, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 769-779.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Zinngrebe, E., de Wus, H., Vriend, S.P.  2007. Thermo-chronology of the Barlet metamorphic basement unit: Evidence for a Stephanian thermal event linked to Sb mineralizations in the Haut Allier, France, Journal of the Geological Society, vol. 164, no. 2, pp. 393-404.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Schumacher, J.C., Kearns, S., Mason, P.R.D., Franz, G.  2006. Hourglass sector zoning in metamorphic tourmaline and resultant major and trace-element fractionation, American Mineralogist, vol. 91, no. 5-6, pp. 717-728.

Van Hinsberg, V.J., Vriend, S.P., Schumacher, J.C.  2005. A new method to calculate end-member thermodynamic properties of minerals from their constituent polyhedra I: Enthalpy, entropy and molar volume, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 165-179.

Van Hinsberg, V.J., Zinngrebe, E., De Wijs, C.J., Vriend, S.P.  2003. A new model for Sb deposition in the French Massif Central based upon thermodynamic modeling of the mineralizing fluid, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, vol. 78-79, pp. 75-79.

D'Amato, Dominic : Maîtrise en sciences de la Terre et des planètes
Département des sciences de la Terre et de l'atmosphère, McGill
Sujet de recherche : Tourmaline in Isua: What can it tell us about the P-T-t history of the belt and the sources of boron.
Filgueiras, Bernardo : Doctorat en sciences de la Terre et des planètes
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill
Sujet de recherche : Willemite as a tracer of ore fluid composition in base metal ore deposits by experimentally determining element partitioning between willemite and aqueous fluids at hydrothermal conditions
Kendrick , Jill : Stage postdoctoral
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill
Sujet de recherche : Experimentally constraining the fate of B and its isotopes during diagenesis and metamorphism to groundtruth models of B on the Early Earth
Roozen, Stan : Doctorat en sciences de la Terre et des planètes
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill
Sujet de recherche : Reconstruction de la composition des fluides par l’utilisation de la tourmaline dans la ceinture de roche verte Mésoarchéenne de Tartoq dans le Sud-Ouest du Groenland, de l’origine de la vie au métamorphisme, au dépôt d’or