Basics of Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Chromium

  • Ekaterina A. MatrosovaEmail author
  • Andrey V. Bobrov
  • Luca Bindi
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


The most important chromium-bearing phases in the Earth’s upper mantle are chrome spinel, Cr-bearing pyroxene, and Knr-garnet, which are replaced with Knr-Maj garnet, MgCr2O4 with the calcium titanate-type structure, and (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 wadsleyite/ringwoodite. Ferropericlase (Mg,Fe)O and (Mg,Fe)SiO3 bridgmanite may be considered as the host phases for chromium under the lower mantle conditions. Below we review the information about the high-pressure chromium-bearing phases in the Earth's mantle. Since chromite (Fe,Mg)(Cr,Al)2O4 containing up to ~55 wt% Cr2O3 is the major ore mineral of chromium and is an accessory phase in many ultramafic rocks, the largest chromite deposits and the models of their formation are considered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ekaterina A. Matrosova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrey V. Bobrov
    • 2
  • Luca Bindi
    • 3
  1. 1.Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry RASMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of GeologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversità degli Studi di FirenzeFlorenceItaly

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