Silicate dissolution boosts the CO2 concentrations in subduction fluids

Tumiati, S.; Tiraboschi, C.; Sverjensky, D. A.; Pettke, Thomas; Recchia, S.; Ulmer, P.; Miozzi, F.; Poli, S. (2017). Silicate dissolution boosts the CO2 concentrations in subduction fluids. Nature communications, 8(1), p. 616. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41467-017-00562-z

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Estimates of dissolved CO2 in subduction-zone fluids are based on thermodynamic models,
relying on a very sparse experimental data base. Here, we present experimental data at 1–3
GPa, 800 °C, and ΔFMQ ≈ −0.5 for the volatiles and solute contents of graphite-saturated
fluids in the systems COH, SiO2–COH ( + quartz/coesite) and MgO–SiO2–COH ( + forsterite
and enstatite). The CO2 content of fluids interacting with silicates exceeds the amounts
measured in the pure COH system by up to 30 mol%, as a consequence of a decrease in
water activity probably associated with the formation of organic complexes containing
Si–O–C and Si–O–Mg bonds. The interaction of deep aqueous fluids with silicates is a novel
mechanism for controlling the composition of subduction COH fluids, promoting the deep
CO2 transfer from the slab–mantle interface to the overlying mantle wedge, in particular
where fluids are stable over melts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences > Rock-Water Interaction

UniBE Contributor:

Pettke, Thomas

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

2041-1723

Publisher:

Nature Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Pettke

Date Deposited:

18 Apr 2018 10:37

Last Modified:

10 Mar 2021 20:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41467-017-00562-z

PubMed ID:

28931819

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.111234

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/111234

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