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[SIT23-16] Reactions of chromite with olivine at high pressures with implications for ultrahigh pressure chromitites
Keywords:ultrahigh pressure chromitite, chromite, mantle recycling, transition zone, high-pressure experiment
High-pressure high-temperature experiments were performed at 9.5-27 GPa at 1600 oC in MgCr2O4Mg2SiO4 composition with Kawai-type multianvil apparatus. The synthesized samples were examined by micro-focus and powder X-ray diffraction methods and by composition analysis using a scanning electron microscope with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer.
The results indicate that complex, sequential phase changes occur in the system, as follows. Mg2SiO4 olivine (Ol) coexists with MgCr2O4-rich chromite (Ch) up to 13 GPa. However, above the pressure, they react to form garnet (Gt), Mg14Si5O24-rich anhydrous phase B (Anh-B) and modified ludwigite (mLd) type Mg2Cr2O5 phase. At 20 GPa, Anh-B was replaced with wadsleyite (Wd). At 21-23 GPa, MgCr2O4-rich calcium-titanate (CT) type phase coexists with ringwoodite (Rw). Above 23 GPa, MgSiO3-rich perovskite (Pv, bridgmanite), periclase (Per) and CT are stable. In the transition sequences, the stability pressure of Anh-B is consistent with that in Mg14Si5O24 in our recent study.
Based on the analyzed compositions of the coexisting phases, we calculated mineral proportions and densities of the above phase assemblages by mass balance calculation. Accompanying with the changes of phase assemblages, density increases from 3.84 g/cm3 of Ol + Ch to 4.10 g/cm3 of Gt + Anh-B + mLd, and finally to 4.43 g/cm3 of Pv + Per + CT.
Our experimental results on the phase changes in the system are different from those postulated in the mantle recycling models of the UHP chromitites. In the models, it is assumed that no reactions occur between Ol and Ch and also transitions of Ol to Wd and of Ch to CT separately occur. Because evidences on the reaction products, Gt + Anh-B (or Wd) + mLd, have not yet been reported in the UHP chromitites, our experimental results suggest that the UHP chromitites did not experience P, T conditions of the transition zone and therefore recycled within the upper mantle. If the reaction products are found in the chromitites in future, they would be good indicators showing how deep the chromitites were subducted.