Calcite (CaCO3) is widely considered an important carbon carrier in the Earth's interior. Laboratory measurements of the velocities and elastic properties of calcite are important for understanding the deep carbon cycle. The sound velocities of calcite were determined up to 10.3 GPa at ambient temperature by Brillouin scattering spectroscopy. Dramatic decreases in the velocity of compressional wave (Vp) and shear wave (Vs) and abrupt increases in the Vp anisotropy (Ap) and maximum Vs anisotropy (Asmax) were detected across the phase transition from CaCO3-I to CaCO3-II. Dramatic increases in the Vp and Vs and an abrupt decrease in Ap were observed across the phase transition from CaCO3-II to CaCO3-III. The phase transition from CaCO3-I to CaCO3-II may potentially explain the Gutenberg discontinuity at 51 km in the Izu-Bonin region. The Vp and Vs values of calcite were low. Our new results combined with literature data suggest that the low velocities of CaCO3 could potentially explain the low-velocity zone occurring in northeastern (NE) Japan.

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