The Fe–C–O–H–N system at 6.3–7.8 GPa and 1200–1400 °C: implications for deep carbon and nitrogen cycles

Alexander G. Sokol, Anatoly A. Tomilenko, Taras A. Bul’bak, Alexey N. Kruk, Pavel A. Zaikin, Ivan A. Sokol, Yurii V. Seryotkin, Yury N. Palyanov

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Interactions in a Fe–C–O–H–N system that controls the mobility of siderophile nitrogen and carbon in the Fe0-saturated upper mantle are investigated in experiments at 6.3–7.8 GPa and 1200–1400 °C. The results show that the γ-Fe and metal melt phases equilibrated with the fluid in a system unsaturated with carbon and nitrogen are stable at 1300 °C. The interactions of Fe3C with an N-rich fluid in a graphite-saturated system produce the ε-Fe3N phase (space group P63/mmc or P6322) at subsolidus conditions of 1200–1300 °C, while N-rich melts form at 1400 °C. At IW- and MMO-buffered hydrogen fugacity (fH2), fluids vary from NH3- to H2O-rich compositions (NH3/N2 > 1 in all cases) with relatively high contents of alkanes. The fluid derived from N-poor samples contains less H2O and more carbon which mainly reside in oxygenated hydrocarbons, i.e., alcohols and esters at MMO-buffered fH2 and carboxylic acids at unbuffered fH2 conditions. In unbuffered conditions, N2 is the principal nitrogen host (NH3/N2 ≤ 0.1) in the fluid equilibrated with the metal phase. Relatively C- and N-rich fluids in equilibrium with the metal phase (γ-Fe, melt, or Fe3N) are stable at the upper mantle pressures and temperatures. According to our estimates, the metal/fluid partition coefficient of nitrogen is higher than that of carbon. Thus, nitrogen has a greater affinity for iron than carbon. The general inference is that reduced fluids can successfully transport volatiles from the metal-saturated mantle to metal-free shallow mantle domains. However, nitrogen has a higher affinity for iron and selectively accumulates in the metal phase, while highly mobile carbon resides in the fluid phase. This may be a controlling mechanism of the deep carbon and nitrogen cycles.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Номер статьи47
Число страниц17
ЖурналContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
Номер выпуска6
СостояниеОпубликовано - 1 июн 2018

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