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Oxidation state of iron in komatiitic melt inclusions indicates hot Archaean mantle

Berry, Andrew John; Danyushevsky, Leonid V.; O'Neill, Hugh; Newville, Matthew; Sutton, Stephen

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Komatiites are volcanic rocks mainly of Archaean age that formed by unusually high degrees of melting of mantle peridotite. Their origin is controversial and has been attributed to either anhydrous melting of anomalously hot mantle or hydrous melting at temperatures only modestly greater than those found today. Here we determine the original Fe3+/∑Fe ratio of 2.7-Gyr-old komatiitic magma from Belingwe, Zimbabwe, preserved as melt inclusions in olivine, to be 0.10 ± 0.02, using iron K-edge X-ray...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/50223
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature07377

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