Chemically homogeneous spin transition zone in Earth's lower mantle

O. Narygina, L. S. Dubrovinsky, H. Samuel, C. A. McCammon, I. Yu. Kantor, K. Glazyrin, S. Pascarelli, G. Aquilanti, V. B. Prakapenka

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The effect of spin crossover in lower mantle silicate perovskite (Pv) and ferropericlase (Fp) on the iron partitioning between these two phases remains uncertain, mainly due to the lack of in situ experiments under the relevant pressure and temperature conditions. By combining in situ synchrotron X-ray absorption and diffraction measurements on synthetic ringwoodite and natural (Mg0.88Fe0.12)(2)SiO4 San Carlos olivine at pressures between 22 GPa and 115 GPa treated at temperatures of 1950-2300 K, we found that temperature promotes iron partitioning into Pv, while pressure acts oppositely. There is only a limited effect of spin crossover in co-existing Pv and Fp on iron partitioning which cannot produce an appreciable chemical inhomogeneity within the Earth's lower mantle spin transition zone. Crown Copyright (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-111
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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