Abstract

Concentrations of trace elements in coexisting garnet, clinopyroxene and completely miscible carbonate-silicate melt (formed at 7 GPa from the Chagatai silicocarbonatite rock known to be diamondiferous) were determined using LA-ICP-MS. The partition coefficients for Li, Rb, Cs, Ba, Th, U, Ta, Nb, La, Ce, Pb, Pr, Sr, Nd, Zr, Hf, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Y, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Sc and Zn were determined. The new experimental data for trace-element partitioning between garnet, clinopyroxene and carbonate-silicate melt have been compared with published data for partitioning between garnet, clinopyroxene and carbonatite melt, and garnet, clinopyroxene and silicate melt. The results show that the trace-element partitioning is not significantly altered by changes in melt composition, with HREE always concentrated in the garnet. Carbonate-silicate melt, as a diamond-forming medium, and carbonatite or silicate melt equilibrated with mantle silicate minerals, behave similarly in respect of trace-element distribution.

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