Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

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[JJ] Evening Poster

S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-MP Mineralogy & Petrology

[S-MP38] Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

Thu. May 24, 2018 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall7, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Hiroaki Ohfuji(Geodynamics Research Center, Ehime University), Seiji Kamada(Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University)

[SMP38-P04] Melting experiments on the MgSiO3-SiO2 system to deep lower mantle pressures

*Miyuki Anzai1, Keisuke Ozawa1, Kei Hirose1,2, Ryosuke Sinmyo1, Shigehiko Tateno2 (1.The University of Tokyo, 2.ELSI, Tokyo Tech)

Keywords:High Pressure, Melting, Lower Mantle

MgSiO3–SiO2 system is important to understand SiO2-rich chondritic mantle materials, but its melting phase relations have been determined experimentally only up to 1 GPa. Here we conducted melting experiments in a pressure range from 41 to 139 GPa using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (DAC), in order to determine the change in a eutectic melt composition. A cross section at the hot spot of a heated sample was prepared with a focused ion beam (FIB), and its textural and compositional characterizations were made with a SEM/EDS. Quenched molten samples always exhibited a concentric texture, with quenched melt at the center surrounded by liquidus phase(s) of MgSiO3 and/or SiO2. Our data show that eutectic composition changes with increasing pressure from SiO2/(MgO+SiO2) = 0.55 (molar ratio) at 1 GPa (Hudon et al., 2005 J. Petrol.) to ~0.60 at 41 GPa and further to ~0.65 at 135 GPa. Combining with the results on the MgO–MgSiO3 system (Ozawa et al., this meeting), we discuss a large-scale differentiation in chondritic mantles starting from a wide range of MgO/SiO2 ratios.