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Influence of aluminum on the elasticity of majorite-pyrope garnets

Zhaodong Liu, Steeve Greaux, Nao Cai, Nicki Siersch, Tiziana Boffa Ballaran, Tetsuo Irifune and Dan J. Frost
Influence of aluminum on the elasticity of majorite-pyrope garnets
American Mineralogist (July 2019) 104 (7): 929-935


The effect of aluminum (Al) on the elasticity of majorite-pyrope garnets was investigated by means of ultrasonic interferometry measurements on well-fabricated polycrystalline specimens. Both velocities and elastic moduli increase almost linearly with increasing Al content within analytical uncertainty. No significant variation of the velocities and elastic moduli is observed across the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition at majorite with the pyrope content up to 26 mol% along the majorite-pyrope system. The elasticity variation of majorite-pyrope garnets is largely dominated by the Al content, while the phase transition as a result of cation ordering/disordering of Mg and Si via substitution of Al on octahedral sites cannot significantly affect elastic properties. Seismic velocity variations of a garnet-bearing mantle transition zone are therefore dominated by garnet composition (e.g., Al, Fe, Ca, and Na) rather than the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition because of cation ordering/disordering.

ISSN: 0003-004X
EISSN: 1945-3027
Serial Title: American Mineralogist
Serial Volume: 104
Serial Issue: 7
Title: Influence of aluminum on the elasticity of majorite-pyrope garnets
Affiliation: University of Bayreuth, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Bayreuth, Germany
Pages: 929-935
Published: 20190701
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, United States
References: 37
Accession Number: 2019-063836
Categories: Geophysics of minerals and rocks
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: Ehime University, JPN, JapanStony Brook University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201933
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