Olivine-modified spinel-spinel transitions in the system Mg2 SiO4 -Fe2SiO4: calorimetric measurements, thermochemical calculation, and geophysical application

M. Akaogi, E. Ito, A. Navrotsky

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The olivine(α)-modified spinel(β)-spinel (γ) transitions in the system Mg2SiO4-Fe2SiO4 were studied by high-temperature solution calorimetry. Enthalpies of the β-γ and α-γ transitions in Mg2SiO4 at 975 K and of the α-γ transition in Fe2SiO4 at 298 K were measured. The γ solid solution showed a positive enthalpy of mixing. Phase relations at high pressures and high temperatures were calculated from these thermochemical data including correction for the effect of nonideality of α, β and γ solid solutions. The calculated phase diagrams agree well with those determined experimentally by Katsura and Ito very recently. The α-(Mg0.89,Fe0.11)2SiO4 transforms to β through a region of α+β without passing through the α+γ phase field at around 400 km depth in the mantle with an interval of about 18(±5 km). Temperatures at 390 and 650 km depths are estimated to be about 1673 and 1873 K, respectively, assuming an adiabatic geotherm. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15,671-15,685
JournalJournal of geophysical research
Issue numberB11
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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