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Melting and phase relations of carbonated eclogite at 9-21 GPa and the petrogenesis of alkali-rich melts in the deep mantle

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posted on 2023-05-17, 19:05 authored by Kiseeva, ES, Litasov, KD, Yaxley, GM, Ohtani, E, Vadim KamenetskyVadim Kamenetsky
The melting and phase relations of carbonated MORB eclogite have been investigated using the multi-anvil technique at 921GPa and 1100-1900°C. The starting compositions were two synthetic mixes, GA1 and Volga, with the CO2 component added as CaCO3 (cc): GA1+10� (GA1cc) models altered oceanic crust recycled into the convecting mantle via subduction, and Volga+10� (Volgacc) models subducted oceanic crust that has lost some of its siliceous component in the sub-arc regime (GA1 minus 6.5 wt % SiO2).The subsolidus mineral assemblage at 9 and 13 GPa includes garnet, clinopyroxene, magnesite, aragonite, a high-pressure polymorph of TiO2 (only at 9 GPa) and stishovite (only at 13 GPa). At 17-21GPa clinopyroxene is no longer stable; the mineral assemblage consists predominantly of garnet with subordinate magnesite (only at 17 GPa), Na-rich aragonite, stishovite, Ca-perovskite (mostly at 21GPa), and K-hollandite (mostly at 17 GPa). Na-carbonate with an inferred composition (Na, K)2(Ca, Mg, Fe)(CO3)2 was present in Volga-cc at 21GPa and 1200°C. Diamond (or graphite) crystallized in most runs in the GA1cc composition, but it was absent in experiments with the Volga-cc composition. In Volga-cc, the solidus temperatures are nearly constant between 1200 and 1300°C over the entire pressure range investigated. In GA1cc, the solidus is located at similar temperatures at 9-13 GPa, but at higher temperatures of 1300-1500°C at 17-21GPa. The difference in solidi between the GA1cc and Volga-cc compositions can be explained by a change in Na compatibility between 13 and 17 GPa as omphacitic clinopyroxene disappears, resulting in the formation of Na-carbonate or Na-rich melt in Volga-cc. The solidus temperature in GA1cc also increases with increasing pressure as a consequence of carbonate reduction and diamond precipitation, possibly brought on either via progressive Fe2+-Fe3+ transition in garnet at higher pressures or by a decrease of the activity of the diopside component in clinopyroxene. The low degree melts are highly alkalic (K-rich at 9-13 GPa and Na-rich at 17-21GPa) carbonatites, changing towards SiO2S/sub>-rich melts with increasing temperature at constant pressure. The solidi of both compositions remain higher than typical subduction pressure-temperature (P-T) profiles at 5-10 GPa; however, at higher pressures the flat solidus curve of carbonated eclogite may intersect the subduction P-T profile in the Transition Zone, where carbonated eclogite can produce alkali- and carbonate-rich melts. Such subduction-related alkali-rich melts can be potential analogues of kimberlite and carbonatite melt compositions and important agents of mantle metasomatism and diamond formation in the Transition Zone and in cratonic roots. Melting of carbonated eclogite produces a garnet-bearing refractory residue, which could be stored in the Transition Zone or lower mantle.


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Journal of Petrology










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