Abstract

Fe-Mg partitioning between perovskite and ferropericlase in the MgO-FeO-SiO2 system has been studied up to about 100 GPa at around 2000 K using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC). The compositions of both phases were determined by using analytical transmission electron microscopy (ATEM) on the recovered samples. Present results reveal that the Fe-Mg apparent partition coefficient between perovskite and ferropericlase [KDPv/Fp = (XFePvXMgFp)/(XMgPvXFeFp)] decreases with increasing pressure for a constant FeO of the system, and it decreases with increasing FeO content of ferropericlase. The gradual decrease of KDPv/Fp with increasing pressure is consistent with the spin transition in ferropericlase occurring in the broad pressure range from 50 to 100 GPa at around 2000 K.

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