Project Diff-Chrome – Investigation of stable Cr isotopic fractionation during Earth’s silicate differentiation and…

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Acronym:
Diff-Chrome
Title:
Investigation of stable Cr isotopic fractionation during Earth’s silicate differentiation and reassessment of the accurate Bulk Silicate Earth delta53/52Cr value
Duration:
01/10/2017 to 01/10/2020
Abstract / short description:
The aim of this project is to investigate possible stable Cr isotopic fracctionation during the silicate differentiation (i.e. partial mantle melting and fractional crystallization) of our planet. In high-T environments with partial pressures for oxygen typical for mantle melt sources significant amounts of chromium will be stable as the reduced Cr2+ as compared to the more common Cr3+ oxidation state. Exchange of Cr2+ with Fe2+, Mg2+ or Ca2+ in the lattice of minerals that crystallize from a magma may lead to significant Cr isotopic fractionation which is linked to the melts Cr2+/Cr3+ ratio and as such to the prevailing oxygen fugacity of the system. If measurable differences are found, the stable Cr isotopic composition of mafic rocks (basalts) may be a direct proxy for the oxygen fugacity of the melt and thus for the partial pressure of oxygen in different mantle melt regimes.
Keywords:
high-temperature Cr isotopic fractionation
intermineral Cr isotopic difference
stable Cr isotopes as mantle redox proxy

Staff

Managers

Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Mineralogy and Geodynamics Research Area
Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Department of Geoscience
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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