Implication of Experimental Results to Geochemistry of Cr in the Earth’s Mantle

  • Ekaterina A. MatrosovaEmail author
  • Andrey V. Bobrov
  • Luca Bindi
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Among the host phases for chromium in the upper mantle are chrome-spinel, chromium-bearing pyroxene, and knorringitic garnet, which is the major phase concentrating chromium, since the contents of Cr2O3 in garnets may be high within the whole range of garnet stability including the field of majoritic garnet. The key in the transition zone of the mantle is assigned to the knorringite-majorite garnet, which, with increasing pressure, is enriched by the majoritic component. With further increase in pressure up to ~17 GPa, it should be replaced with chromium-bearing akimitoite (Cr-Ak), which, however, is not found in the mantle mineral associations. The lower mantle substrate is predominantly composed of magnesiowüstite (ferropericlase) (Mg,Fe)O, CaSiO3 with the perovskite-type structure and MgSiO3 bridgmanite; the latter is formed from MgSiO3 Ak at a pressure of ~21 GPa. In this chapter, from the point of view of the possibility of chromium accumulation, we consider the major high-pressure phases obtained in experiments and established in nature.


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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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