Experimental determination of F and Cl partitioning between lherzolite and basaltic melt

Célia Dalou, Kenneth T. Koga, Nobumichi Shimizu, Julien Boulon, Jean Luc Devidal

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We experimentally determined F and Cl partition coefficients together with that of 19 trace elements (including REE, U-Th, HFSE and LILE) between basaltic melt and lherzolite minerals: olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, plagioclase and garnet. Under conditions from 8 to 25 kbars and from 1,265 to 1,430°C, compatibilities of F and Cl are globally ordered as D Cpx/melt > D Opx/melt > D Grt/melt > D Ol/melt > D Plag/melt, and D F mineral/melt is larger than D Cl mineral/melt. Four other major results were brought to light. (1) Chlorine partition coefficients positively correlate with the jadeite component in orthopyroxene, and increase of the CaTs component promotes Cl incorporation in clinopyroxene. (2) Variations of fluorine partition coefficients correlate strongly with melt viscosity. (3) F and Cl partition coefficients correlate with the Young's modulus (E 0) of pyroxene octahedral sites (M sites) and with Raman vibrational modes of pyroxenes. This demonstrates a fundamental interaction between the M site of pyroxenes and the incorporation of F and Cl. (4) We also determined the parameters of the lattice-strain model applied to 3+ cation trace elements for the two M sites in orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene: D 0 M1, D 0 M2, r 0 M1, r 0 M2, E 0 M1 and E 0 M2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-609
Number of pages19
JournalContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012


  • Basaltic melt
  • Chlorine
  • Fluorine
  • Lattice-strain model
  • Lherzolite minerals
  • Partition coefficients
  • Substitution

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