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Isosymmetric pressure-induced bonding increase changes compression behavior of clinopyroxenes across jadeite-aegirine solid solution in subduction zones TEXT SIZE: A A A
Pyroxenes are among the most important minerals of Earth's crust and upper mantle and play significant role in controlling subduction at convergent margins. In this study, synchrotron-based single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments were carried out on a natural aegirine [NaFe3+Si2O6] sample at ambient temperature and high pressures to 60GPa, simulating conditions within the coldest part of a subduction zone consisting of old lithosphere. The diffraction data reveal no obvious sign of structural phase transition in aegirine within this pressure range; however, several relevant structural parameter trends change noticeably at approximately 24GPa, indicating the presence of the previously predicted isosymmetric bonding change, related to increase of coordination number of Na+ at M2 site. The pressure-volume data, fit with third-order Birch-Murnaghan (BM3) equation of state over the whole pressure range, yields K-T0=126(2)GPa and K-T0=3.3(1), while separate BM3 fits performed for the 0-24.0GPa and 29.9-60.4GPa pressure ranges give K-T0=118(3)GPa, K-T0=4.2(3) and K-T0=133(2)GPa, K-T0=3.0(1), suggesting that the structure stiffens as a result of the new bond formation. Aegirine exhibits strong anisotropic compression with unit strain axial ratios epsilon(1):epsilon(2):epsilon(3)=1.00:2.44:1.64. Structural refinements reveal that NaO8 polyhedron is the most compressible and SiO4 tetrahedron has the lowest compressibility. The consequence of bonding transition is that the compressional behavior of aegirine below similar to 24GPa and above that pressure is quite different, with likely consequences for relevant thermodynamic parameters and ion diffusion coefficients.

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 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH, 122 (1):142-157; 10.1002/2016JB013502 JAN 2017


 Xu, Jingui; Zhang, Dongzhou; Fan, Dawei; Downs, Robert T.; Hu, Yi; Dera, Przemyslaw K.

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 Dera, Przemyslaw K.
 Univ Hawaii Manoa, Sch Ocean & Earth Sci & Technol, Hawaii Inst Geophys & Planetol, Honolulu, HI USA.

Author(s) from IGCAS   FAN Dawei

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