Abstract

The density of a peridotite magma was measured up to 2.5 GPa and 2300 K using an X-ray absorption method. The method allowed measurement of the density of a peridotite melt under seven different conditions and clarified the pressure and temperature dependence of the density. A fit of the pressure-density-temperature data to the high-temperature Birch-Murnaghan equation of state yielded the isothermal bulk modulus, KT0 = 24.0 ± 1.3 GPa, its pressure derivative, K0′ = 7.3 ± 0.8, and the derivative of bulk modulus (∂KT/∂T)P = −0.0027 ± 0.0017 GPa/K at 2100 K. The large bulk modulus and its pressure derivative of the peridotite melt compared with that of basaltic melt is consistent with previous results from sink-float experiments.

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