Doklady Earth Sciences

, Volume 479, Issue 2, pp 524–528 | Cite as

The Influence of Sodium and Potassium Chlorides on Phase Ratios in the Eclogite–CaCO3–H2O + CO2 System at 4 GPa and 1200–1300°C

  • N. S. Gorbachev
  • Yu. B. Shapovalov
  • A. V. Kostyuk


To characterize the influence of alkaline metal chlorides on the phase ratios under melting of upper mantle eclogites, the eclogite–CaCO3–NaCl–KCl system with Н2О + СО2-fluid was studied in the experiments under 4 GPa and 1200–1300°C. A low difference in temperatures (<100°C) was registered between the eclogite solidus and liquidus (>1200 and <1300°C, respectively), which is characteristic for the near-eutectic compositions. The phase proportions were peculiar for the absence of any silicate melt over the entire temperature range considered. The carbonate melt coexisted with clinopyroxene and garnet within 1200–1250°C, whereas a carbonate melt exclusively occurred under above-liquidus conditions at 1300°C. The melt quenching resulted in the formation of a multiphase fine-grained mixture of Ca, Na, and K carbonates and chlorides containing microinclusions of clinopyroxene and garnet. The occurrence of a high-calcium carbonate melt in Cl-containing eclogite systems might play a significant role in the mantle metasomatism of subduction zones characterized by the water–alkaline–chloride type of fluids.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. S. Gorbachev
    • 1
  • Yu. B. Shapovalov
    • 1
  • A. V. Kostyuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Experimental MineralogyRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovkaRussia

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