Self-Diffusion of Silicon and Oxygen in Silicate Melts: An Experimental Study

  • N. Shimizu
  • I. Kushiro
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 36)


The rate of diffusive transport of Si and O in silicate melts is important not only in understanding kinetics of magmatic processes but also in studying the structure of silicate melts. The coefficients of self-diffusion of Si and O were determined experimentally in two simple silicate melts of geologic interest: jadeite composition; NaAlSi2O6, and diopside composition, CaMgSi2 O. These melts were selected because they represent: (1) contrasting degrees of polymerization, i.e., jadeite melt is highly polymerized, whereas diopside melt is de-polymerized [1], (2) extremes in the spectrum of viscosities, i.e., jadeite melt at the high viscosity end and diopside melt at the low viscosity end [2], and (3) contrasting behavior in terms of their pressure-induced variations in viscosities, i.e., jadeite melt shows a decrease of viscosity with increasing pressure [3], whereas diopside melt shows an increase of viscosity with increasing pressure [2].


Carnegie Inst Diffusion Unit Geologic Interest Simple Silicate Negative Volume Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Shimizu
    • 1
  • I. Kushiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Geological InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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