Sample records for anorthite

  1. Kinetics of anorthite dissolution in basaltic melt

    Yu, Yi; Zhang, Youxue; Chen, Yang; Xu, Zhengjiu


    We report convection-free anorthite dissolution experiments in a basaltic melt at 1280-1500 °C and 0.5 GPa on two different crystallographic surfaces, (1 2 1 bar) and (3 bar 0 2) to investigate dissolution kinetics. The anisotropy of the anorthite dissolution rate along these two surfaces is negligible. Time series experiments at ∼1280 °C show that anorthite dissolution is mainly controlled by diffusion in the melt within experimental uncertainty. Analytical solutions were used to model the dissolution and diffusion processes, and to obtain the diffusivities and the saturation concentrations of the equilibrium-determining component (Al2O3) for anorthite dissolution into the basaltic melt. For the first time, we are able to show the physical and chemical characteristics of quench growth effect on the near-interface melt using high spatial resolution (0.3 μm) EDS analyses. For anorthite (An# ⩾ 90) saturation in a melt with 39-53 wt% SiO2 and ⩽0.4 wt% H2O, the concentration of Al2O3 in wt% depends on temperature as follows:

  2. Anorthite porcelain: synthesis, phase and microstructural evolution

    Mousumi Pal; Sukhen Das; Swapan Kumar Das


    In the present study, anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8) porcelain was fabricated using Ca(OH)2, Al(OH)3, quartz, aluminous cement and feldspar as raw materials. Two compositions were formulated (coded as CAQ and CFQ)and their physico-mechanical properties (%AP, BD, flexural strength) were studied and compared. CAQ (21.2 wt% Ca(OH)2, 44.5 wt% Al(OH)3 and 34.3 wt% quartz) shows very poor densification and strength even after heating at 1450° C, although anorthite formation is observed on heating it at various temperatures. On the other hand, CFQ (48.6 wt% aluminous cement, 29.37 wt% feldspar and 22.06 wt% quartz) achieved full densification and superior strength at 1450° C with more anorthite formation compared to CAQ. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope studies were also carried out to analyse the phase and microstructure evolution. The coefficient of thermal expansion of the anorthite-based sample was found to be lower than quartz and mullite porcelain which suggests its application as cooking ware.

  3. Impact ionization mass spectra of anorthite cosmic dust analogue particles

    Hillier, J. K.; Postberg, F.; Sestak, S.; R. Srama; Kempf, S.; Trieloff, M.; Sternovsky, Z.; Green, S.F.


    Anorthite, the Ca-rich end-member of plagioclase feldspar, is a dominant mineral component of the Lunar highlands. Plagioclase feldspar is also found in comets, meteorites and stony asteroids. It is therefore expected to contribute to the population of interplanetary (and circumplanetary) dust grains within the solar system. After coating micron- and submicron-sized grains of Anorthite with a conductive layer of Platinum, the mineral was successfully accelerated to hypervelocity speeds in the...

  4. Elastic properties of anorthite at high temperature and high pressure

    Matsukage, K. N.; Nishihara, Y.; Noritake, F.; Tsujino, N.; Sakurai, M.; Higo, Y.; Kawamura, K.; Takahashi, E.


    To understand the elastic properties of subducted crustal minerals at P-T conditions of crust and upper most mantle, we performed in situ measurement of the elastic wave velocities of anorthite at temperatures up to 1100 oC at less than 2.0 GPa (in stability field) and up to 500 oC at 2.0-7.0 GPa. A fine grained polycrystalline anorthite was synthesised by using gas pressure apparatus installed at magma factory in Tokyo Institute of Technology. The quenched glass with anorthite composition was ground in ethanol and was loaded into a sealed Pt tube (3.0 mm inner diameter and 0.2 mm thickness) container. The sample was preheated at 900°C for 2 hours, and then keep at 1100°C for 20 hours at pressure of 0.3 GPa. The maximum grain size of the synthesized polycrystalline anorthite was about 15μm. The experiments were performed using the SPEED-1500 apparatus installed on beam line BL04B1 at synchrotron facility of SPring-8, Japan (Utsumi et al. 1998). The experimental design for in situ elastic wave velocities measurement at BL04B1 was presented by Higo et al. (2009). Pressure was generated by eight 26 mm tungsten carbide anvils with 11 mm truncated edge length. A Co-doped semi-sintered MgO octahedron with an 18 mm edge length was used as a pressure medium. The sample was enclosed in a BN sleeve container, and was placed in the central part (hot spot) of the furnace. Platinum foils (2.5 μm in thickness) were inserted at the both side of the sample for determination of sample length by using X-ray radiographic imaging techniques. An Al2O3 rod (5.3 mm in length and 2.0 mm in diameter) was used as buffer rod which transmit ultrasonic wave to the sample. Temperature was measured by a W97Re3-W75Re25 thermocouple. MgO was used as a pressure marker, and it was mixed with BN (MgO:BN = 1:1 by weight) to prevent grain growth at high temperatures. The ultrasonic signals were generated and received by 10oY-cut LiNbO3 transducer of 50 μm in thickness and 3.2 mm in diameter. We

  5. Experimental study of radium partitioning between anorthite and melt at 1 atm

    Miller, S; Burnett, D; Asimow, P; Phinney, D; Hutcheon, I


    We present the first experimental radium mineral/melt partitioning data, specifically between anorthite and a CMAS melt at atmospheric pressure. Ion microprobe measurement of coexisting anorthite and glass phases produces a molar D{sub Ra} = 0.040 {+-} 0.006 and D{sub Ra}/D{sub Ba} = 0.23 {+-} 0.05 at 1400 C. Our results indicate that lattice strain partitioning models fit the divalent (Ca, Sr, Ba, Ra) partition coefficient data of this study well, supporting previous work on crustal melting and magma chamber dynamics that has relied on such models to approximate radium partitioning behavior in the absence of experimentally determined values.

  6. The effect of sintering temperature on the structure and properties of calcium hexaluminate/anorthite ceramics

    Tian Y.


    Full Text Available The calcium hexaluminate/anorthite composite are prepared by magnesia slag, kaolin and industrial alumina at different sintering temperature. The effect of sintering temperature on the structure and properties are investigated by X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the calcium hexaluminate begins to form at 1300ºC and continues to form in a large amount between 1400ºC and 1500ºC, however, there is a phase transitions form gehlenite to anorthite between 1300ºC and 1400ºC. CA6 grow preferentially along the basal plane direction. When the crystals touch each other, the CA6 crystals turn to grow up along the axial direction. The apparent porosity decreases and bulk density increases and the flexural strength increases with the rising of the sintering temperature.

  7. Ca(2+) and OH(-) release of ceramsites containing anorthite and gehlenite prepared from waste lime mud.

    Qin, Juan; Yang, Chuanmeng; Cui, Chong; Huang, Jiantao; Hussain, Ahmad; Ma, Hailong


    Lime mud is a kind of solid waste in the papermaking industry, which has been a source of serious environmental pollution. Ceramsites containing anorthite and gehlenite were prepared from lime mud and fly ash through the solid state reaction method at 1050°C. The objective of this study was to explore the efficiency of Ca(2+) and OH(-) release and assess the phosphorus and copper ion removal performance of the ceramsites via batch experiments, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that Ca(2+) and OH(-) were released from the ceramsites due to the dissolution of anorthite, gehlenite and available lime. It is also concluded that gehlenite had stronger capacity for Ca(2+) and OH(-) release compared with anorthite. The Ca(2+) release could be fit well by the Avrami kinetic model. Increases of porosity, dosage and temperature were associated with increases in the concentrations of Ca(2+) and OH(-) released. Under different conditions, the ceramsites could maintain aqueous solutions in alkaline conditions (pH=9.3-10.9) and the release of Ca(2+) was not affected. The removal rates of phosphorus and copper ions were as high as 96.88% and 96.81%, respectively. The final pH values of both phosphorus and copper ions solutions changed slightly. The reuse of lime mud in the form of ceramsites is an effective strategy. PMID:27593276

  8. From anorthite to vesuvianite: an excursion through the minerals first discovered in Italy

    GiovanniFerraris; MarcoCiriotti


    With regard to the number of mineral species first dis-covered in a particular country, Italy ranks fourth, being preceded only by USA, Russia and Germany. Important rock-forming minerals like analcime, anorthite, anortho-clase, antigorite, celadonite, diopside, dolomite,forsterite, humite, leucite, lime, lizardite, magnesiochlo-ritoid, magnesite, nepheline, and sepiolite are among the 240 species first discovered in Italy. Other significant first Italian findings are some important index mineralsof the UHP metamorphism (ellenbergerite, phosphoel-lenbergerite, magnesiodumortierite, and magnesiostau-rolite; second occurrence of coesite) which were discov-ered in the well-known and first reported UHP outcrop of the Dora-Màira massif Italy is also the native land of about 30 zeolites and of the two most abundant modern species: balangeroite and carlosturanite, which are rock-forming asbestos-like minerals of serpentinites in the western Alps.

  9. Effects of network dissolution changes on pore-to-core upscaled reaction rates for kaolinite and anorthite reactions under acidic conditions

    Kim, Daesang


    We have extended reactive flow simulation in pore-network models to include geometric changes in the medium from dissolution effects. These effects include changes in pore volume and reactive surface area, as well as topological changes that open new connections. The computed changes were based upon a mineral map from an X-ray computed tomography image of a sandstone core. We studied the effect of these changes on upscaled (pore-scale to core-scale) reaction rates and compared against the predictions of a continuum model. Specifically, we modeled anorthite and kaolinite reactions under acidic flow conditions during which the anorthite reactions remain far from equilibrium (dissolution only), while the kaolinite reactions can be near-equilibrium. Under dissolution changes, core-scale reaction rates continuously and nonlinearly evolved in time. At higher injection rates, agreement with predictions of the continuum model degraded significantly. For the far-from-equilibrium reaction, our results indicate that the ability to correctly capture the heterogeneity in dissolution changes in the reactive mineral surface area is critical to accurately predict upscaled reaction rates. For the near-equilibrium reaction, the ability to correctly capture the heterogeneity in the saturation state remains critical. Inclusion of a Nernst-Planck term to ensure neutral ionic currents under differential diffusion resulted in at most a 9% correction in upscaled rates.

  10. Dehydration and partial melting of tremolitic amphibole coexisting with zoisite, quartz, anorthite, diopside, and water in the system H2O-CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2

    Quirion, Diane M.; Jenkins, David M.

    The greenschist to amphibolite transition as modeled by the reaction zoisite+tremolite + quartz= anorthite+diopside+water has been experimentally investigated in the chemical system H2O-CaO- MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 over the range of 0.4-0.8 GPa. This reaction is observed to lie within the stability fields of anorthite + water and of zoisite + quartz, in accord with phase equilibrium principles, and its position is in excellent agreement with the boundary calculated from current internally-consistent data bases. The small dP/dT slope of 0.00216 GPa/K (21.6 bars/K) observed for this reaction supports the pressure-dependency of this transition in this chemical system. Experimental reversals of the Al content in tremolitic amphibole coexisting with zoisite, diopside, quartz, and water were obtained at 600, 650, and 700°C and indicated Al total cations (atoms per formula unit, apfu) of only up to 0.5+/-0.08 at the highest temperature. Thermodynamic analysis of these and previous compositional reversal data for tremolitic amphibole indicated that, of the activity/composition relationships considered, a two-site-coupled cation substitution model yielded the best fit to the data and a S0 (1 bar, 298 K) of 575.4+/-1.6 J/K.mol for magnesio-hornblende. The calculated isopleths of constant Al content in the amphibole are relatively temperature sensitive with Al content increasing with increasing temperature and pressure. Finally, several experiments in the range of 1.0-1.3 GPa were conducted to define the onset of melting, and thus the upper-thermal limit, for this mineral assemblage, which must involve an invariant point located at approximately 1.05 GPa and 770°C.

  11. Dissolution kinetics of anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8) and synthetic strontium feldspar (SrAl2Si2O8) in aqueous solutions at temperatures below 1000C: with applications to the geological disposal of radioactive nuclear wastes

    The dissolution kinetics of anorthite and synthetic strontium feldspar were investigated in aqueous solutions of varying pH (2-10.5), ionic strength (0.01-0.001 m NaCl and SrCl2) and temperature (250-700C) for a time period of up to 475 days. An initial region of rapid dissolution is followed by a region which obeys a zeroth order kinetic rate law. At a time of 4 to 21 days there is a sharp break in the slope of the solution curve due to the saturation of the solution with respect to a secondary solid. Rate constraints for the dissolution (forward) reaction were determined. They range from 3.7 x 10-15 at pH 5.6 and 250C to 1.6 x 10-10 at pH 2 and 700C. Rates increase with temperature, chloride concentration of the solutions, as the pH departs from neutrality, and as a function of the surface area of the solid to the solution volume ratio. The surface characteristics of the solids were examined by scanning electron microscopy and Auger spectroscopy. Well developed, rectangular etch pits form on all of the solids. Auger studies indicate that there is no depletion of the alkaline earth cation at depths up to 100 A from the crystal surface. Hence the alkaline earth feldspars undergo dissolution via a surface reaction-controlled mechanism. Due to the fairly rapid weathering observed for anorthite in nature and the similar dissolution kinetics behavior of the two alkaline earth feldspars studied, strontium fledspar is not a good choice as a host phase for the containment of radioactive strontium

  12. Anorthite glass: a potential host matrix for 90Sr pencil

    With rising global concerns over health hazards, environmental pollution and possible malicious applications of radioactive materials, there is an increasing consciousness among public and Governmental agencies for its better control, accounting and security. Investigations carried out by International Atomic Energy Agency and other monitoring bodies reveal that among various radioactive materials, the easily dispersible ones are high activity sealed sources (generally called radioactive pencils) used for various peaceful applications. Ideally, these sealed sources should be safely secured within specialized facilities, but in practice, it is not always done. Hence, there is a need to take an extra precautionary measure to ensure that the matrices currently used for hosting the radionuclides within sealed sources are durable enough under harsh service conditions and situations arising due to possible mishaps (accidents, misplaced, stolen etc). Among the variety of useful radionuclides, 90Sr is one which is regularly used to (i) combat bone cancer, (ii) destroy unwanted tissue on the surface of eye/skin, (iii) light up/provide energy to remotely accessible areas etc. However, due to its (i) toxicity, (ii) mobility, (iii) easy incorporation within human body, (iv) considerable half-life (∼ 29 years), (v) emission of beta (β-) particles along with high energy gamma ( γ)-rays, and (vi) retention of significant toxicity within sources even after service life, release of 90Sr poses a serious threat to the biosphere. Hence, there is a need to ensure that existing 90Sr host matrices are capable of withstanding all sorts of adversity that may arise during service and under storage/disposal

  13. The Reaction Titanite+Kyanite=Anorthite+Rutile and Titanite-Rutile Barometry in Eclogites

    Manning, C.F.; Bohlen, S.R.


    Titanite and rutile are a common mineral pair in eclogites, and many equilibria involving these phases are potentially useful in estimating pressures of metamorphism. We have reversed one such reaction, {Mathematical expression} using a piston-cylinder apparatus. Titanite+kyanite is the high-pressure assemblage and our results locate the equilibrium between 15.5 15.9, 17.7-17.9, 18.8-19.0, and 20.0-20.2 kb at 900, 1000, 1050, and 1100??C, respectively. The experiments require a positive dP/dT of between 20.5 and 23.5 bars/??C for the reaction. We use the reversed equilibrium and two other reactions, {Mathematical expression} and {Mathematical expression} to calculate metamorphic conditions for three eclogite localities. Using these reactions in conjunction with garnet-clinopyroxene Fe2+-Mg exchange equilibria, conditions of metamorphism were 16 kb and 750??C for kyaniteeclogites from Glenelg, Scotland, 21 kb and 625??C for eclogite-facies mica schists from the Tauern Window, Austria, and 46 kb and 850??C for eclogite-facies biotite gneisses from the Kokchetav Massif, USSR. For the Scottish and Austrian eclogites, the pressures derived from the titanite-rutile reactions provide additional constraints on pressures for these localities, leading to precise estimates of metamorphic conditions. In the case of the Soviet Union eclogites, the results show that the silicate-oxide assemblage is consistent with the remarkable occurrence of diamond inclusions in the garnets. The results of this study suggest that titanite and rutile stably coexist in many eclogites and that titanite solid solutions are ideal or nearly so. ?? 1991 Springer-Verlag.


    Willi Pabst; Eva Gregorova; Rambaldi Elisa; Bignozzi Maria Chiara


    Recent work on the elastic constants of plagioclase feldspars is reviewed. Based on the 21 elastic constants (stiffnesses) reported in the literature for triclinic plagioclase monocrystals of different composition, the effective elastic constants of dense, single-phase, polycrystalline plagioclase aggregates with isotropic microstructure are calculated via standard VoigtReuss-Hill averaging. Master curves show the good agreement of the constants obtained via the two approaches (exper...

  15. First evidence of hexagonal anorthite in pseudotachylyte: a new tool to constrain the thermal history during a seismic event

    Nestola, F.; Univ. Padova; Mittempergher, S.; Univ. Padova; Di Toro, G.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma1, Roma, Italia


    The determination of the maximum temperature achieved by friction melt (Tmelt) in pseudotachylyte-bearing faults is crucial to estimate earthquake source parameters (e.g., earthquake energy budgets, coseismic fault strength) on a geological basis. Here we investigated the mineralogy of a pseudotachylyte from the Gole Larghe Fault (Italian Alps) by using X-ray powder diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and EDS-equipped field emission scanning electron microscopy. In particular, we rep...

  16. Lunar anorthosite 15415 - Texture, mineralogy, and metamorphic history.

    James, O. B.


    Lunar anorthosite 15415 consists almost entirely of anorthite (homogeneous anorthite 96.6 molecule percent), with accessory diopsidic augite and traces of hypersthene, ilmenite, and a silica mineral. The rock has had a complex metamorphic history. The texture reflects at least two episodes of shearing (followed by intense and partial recrystallization, respectively), one episode of cataclastic deformation, and one or more episodes of shattering and fragmentation.

  17. Lunar anorthosite 15415: Texture, mineralogy, and metamorphic history

    James, O.B.


    Lunar anorthosite 15415 consists almost entirely of anorthite (homogeneous anorthite 96.6 molecule percent), with accessory diopsidic augite and traces of hypersthene, ilmenite, and a silica mineral. The rock has had a complex metamorphic history. The texture reflects at least two episodes of shearing (followed by intense and partial recrystallization, respectively), one episode of cataclastic deformation, and one or more episodes of shattering and fragmentation.


    Krot, A N; Chaussidon, M; Yurimoto, H; Sakamoto, N; Nagashima, K; Hutcheon, I D; MacPherson, G J


    Based on the mineralogy and petrography, coarse-grained, igneous, anorthite-rich (Type C) calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) in the CV3 carbonaceous chondrite Allende have been recently divided into three groups: (i) CAIs with melilite and Al,Ti-diopside of massive and lacy textures (coarse grains with numerous rounded inclusions of anorthite) in a fine-grained anorthite groundmass (6-1-72, 100, 160), (ii) CAI CG5 with massive melilite, Al,Ti-diopside and anorthite, and (iii) CAIs associated with chondrule material: either containing chondrule fragments in their peripheries (ABC, TS26) or surrounded by chondrule-like, igneous rims (93) (Krot et al., 2007a,b). Here, we report in situ oxygen isotopic measurements of primary (melilite, spinel, Al,Ti-diopside, anorthite) and secondary (grossular, monticellite, forsterite) minerals in these CAIs. Spinel ({Delta}{sup 17}O = -25{per_thousand} to -20{per_thousand}), massive and lacy Al,Ti-diopside ({Delta}{sup 17}O = -20{per_thousand} to -5{per_thousand}) and fine-grained anorthite ({Delta}{sup 17}O = -15{per_thousand} to -2{per_thousand}) in 100, 160 and 6-1-72 are {sup 16}O-enriched relative spinel and coarse-grained Al,Ti-diopside and anorthite in ABC, 93 and TS26 ({Delta}{sup 17}O ranges from -20{per_thousand} to -15{per_thousand}, from -15{per_thousand} to -5{per_thousand}, and from -5{per_thousand} to 0{per_thousand}, respectively). In 6-1-72, massive and lacy Al,Ti-diopside grains are {sup 16}O-depleted ({Delta}{sup 17}O {approx} -13{per_thousand}) relative to spinel ({Delta}{sup 17}O = -23{per_thousand}). Melilite is the most {sup 16}O-depleted mineral in all Allende Type C CAIs. In CAI 100, melilite and secondary grossular, monticellite and forsterite (minerals replacing melilite) are similarly {sup 16}O-depleted, whereas grossular in CAI 160 is {sup 16}O-enriched ({Delta}{sup 17}O = -10{per_thousand} to -6{per_thousand}) relative to melilite ({Delta}{sup 17}O = -5{per_thousand} to -3{per_thousand}). We infer

  19. Mineralogy and phase transition of oil sands coke ash

    Heemun Jang; Thomas H. Etsell [University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada). Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


    Coke obtained from Syncrude and Suncor was investigated to characterize the metals and minerals by ashing it at various temperatures. Samples were collected by high temperature ashing at 100{sup o}C intervals from 400 to 1200{sup o}C. Samples were also obtained from low temperature ashing (LTA) which gives little effect on the mineral assemblage compared to HTA samples. X-ray diffraction patterns of Suncor and Syncrude coke ash were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively to characterize the mineral phases in the sample and their thermal transition behavior. In Suncor ash, kaolinite, illite, gypsum, anhydrite, microcline, anorthite, hematite, sillimanite and quartz were dominant phases in ash from the LTA temperature up to 700{sup o}C, and mullite, cristobalite, hercynite, albite, anorthite, pseudobrookite and other iron-titanium oxides were dominant mineral phases from 700 to 1200{sup o}C. In Syncrude ash, illite, anhydrite, quartz, anorthite, microcline, sillimanite and hematite were dominant up to 700{sup o}C, and hercynite, anorthite, albite, pseudobrookite and other iron-titanium oxides were dominant up to 1200{sup o}C. The higher quantities of Ca, K and Na, and the lower quantities of V, Fe and Ni in Syncrude ash resulted in higher amorphocity and the different mineral phases. 32 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  20. Carbonate assimilation at Merapi volcano, Java Indonesia

    Chadwick, J.P; Troll, V.R; Ginibre,, C.;


    Recent basaltic andesite lavas from Merapi volcano contain abundant, complexly zoned, plagioclase phenocrysts, analysed here for their petrographic textures, major element composition and Sr isotope composition. Anorthite (An) content in individual crystals can vary by as much as 55 mol% (An40^95...

  1. Plagioclase flotation and lunar crust formation

    Walker, D.; Hays, J. F.


    Anorthitic plagioclase floats in liquids parental to the lunar highlands crust. The plagioclase enrichment that is characteristic of lunar highlands rocks can be the result of plagioclase flotation. Such rocks would form a gravitationally stable upper crust on their parental magma.

  2. Ungrouped achondrite NWA 7325: Infrared and Raman study of a potential sample from Mercury

    Morlok, A.; Weber, I.; Ahmedi, M.; Bischoff, A.; Hiesinger, H.; Helbert, J.


    We analyzed the ungrouped achondrite NWA 7325 using Raman and FTIR spectroscopy in order to characterize the main mineralogy, and to provide infrared data for remote sensing purposes. Both Raman and FTIR results show a mineralogy dominated by anorthitic feldspar and diopside.

  3. Glass forming ability of calcium aluminosilicate melts

    Moesgaard, Mette; Yue, Yuanzheng


    The glass forming ability (GFA) of two series of calcium aluminosilicate melts is studied by measuring their viscous behavior and crystallization tendency. The first series consists of five compositions on the joining line between the eutectic point of anorthite-wollastonite-tridymite and that of...

  4. Main mineral melting behavior and mineral reaction mechanism at molecular level of blended coal ash under gasification condition

    Wu, Xiaojiang; Zhang, Zhongxiao; Chen, Yushuang; Zhou, Tuo; Fan, Junjie; Piao, Guilin; Kobayashi, Nobusuke; Mori, Shigekatsu; Itaya, Yoshinori,


    The main mineral melting behavior and mineral reaction mechanism at molecular level of Chinese blended coal ash under gasification condition (30% H{sub 2}, 66% CO, 4% CO{sub 2}) from 1073 K to 1573 K were studied through the ASTM test, X-ray diffraction (XRD), ternary phase diagram system and quantum chemistry calculation with ab-initio calculations. The results show that with increasing blending mass fraction of low ash fusion temperature (AFT) ash (ash B), the location of blended ash in ternary systems is transferred from the mullite region to the anorthite region, as the dominant crystal mineral of blended ash at around DT (XRD analysis) is also transferred from mullite to anorthite. The calcium-bearing minerals, such as anhydrite, calcite etc., can react with mullite and the precursors of mullite (metakaolinite etc.), which is one of the main refractory minerals in high AFT ash (ash A), and is converted into low-melting minerals (anorthite, gehlenite, and fayalite etc.) in the temperature range between 1273 K and 1403 K. The reaction between mullite and CaO to form anorthite plays a significant role in decreasing AFTs of blended coal ash A/B. It is because the chemical activity of the highest occupied molecular orbits (HOMO) in mullite cluster is stronger than that of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbits (LUMO) in mullite cluster, the Ca{sup 2+} as electron acceptor can easily enter into the crystal lattice of mullite mainly through O (7) and O (12) and cause the rupture of bonds Al (1)-O (13) (in the [AlO{sub 6}]{sup 9-}-octahedron) and Al (8)-O (13) (in the [AlO{sub 4}]{sup 5-}-tetrahedron), which are weaker than any other bonds in crystal lattice of mullite. Finally, the entrance of Ca{sup 2+} can force mullite to transform to anorthite by the effect of Ca{sup 2+}, and the entered Ca{sup 2+} is located in the center of [SiO{sub 4}]{sup 4-}-tetrahedron ring in the anorthite crystal lattice. Taking the [SiO{sub 4}]{sup 4{sup -}}-tetrahedron, which is

  5. Effect of CaO from Mineral and Pure Oxide on Nano structure Cordierite

    Cordierite was synthesized via glass-route using mineral and pure oxide material. Kaolin, talc, dolomite, magnesia, alumina, silica, and calcium oxide were mixed and melted at 1540 degree Celsius for 4 h. CaO from mineral and pure oxide was added in order to investigate the properties of each material in cordierite system. Sample was characterized using XRD analysis, dilatometer testing and SEM. XRD result shows that when 5 wt % CaO from mineral (C5 Min) was added and sintered at 900 degree Celsius, α-cordierite exist as major phase and anorthite as a minor phase. While for a sample consists of 5 wt % CaO from pure oxide (C5 Ox), α-cordierite was present as major phases α-cordierite and anorthite as minor phases. Crystallite sizes of each material were in nano range and crystallite size of C5 Ox was less than C5 Min. (author)

  6. Crystallization, flow and thermal histories of lunar and terrestrial compositions

    Uhlmann, D. R.


    Contents: a kinetic treatment of glass formation; effects of nucleating heterogeneities on glass formation; glass formation under continuous cooling conditions; crystallization statistics; kinetics of crystal nucleation; diffusion controlled crystal growth; crystallization of lunar compositions; crystallization between solidus and liquidus; crystallization on reheating a glass; temperature distributions during crystallization; crystallization of anorthite and anorthite-albite compositions; effect of oxidation state on viscosity; diffusive creep and viscous flow; high temperature flow behavior of glass-forming liquids, a free volume interpretation; viscous flow behavior of lunar compositions; thermal history of orange soil material; breccias formation by viscous sintering; viscous sintering; thermal histories of breccias; solute partitioning and thermal history of lunar rocks; heat flow in impact melts; and thermal histories of olivines.

  7. Electrophysical properties of a high-alumina ceramic containing boron-bearing additives

    Kostyukov, N.S.; Medvedovskii, E.Ya.; Kharitonov, F.Ya.


    The authors test the effects of boron additives--principally the oxides and silicates of boron--on the electric and ionic conductivity, the permittivity, the dielectric loss and strength, the corrosion resistance, and the structural behavior of ceramics based primarily on corundum and also containing mullite, anorthite, and celsian crystals. Changes in the temperature dependence of these properties based on phase relations with the boron additives are also assessed.

  8. Investigation of the chemical composition of mineral fractions of the Tsarev chondrite

    Semenova, L.F.; Fisenko, A.V.; Kashkarova, V.G.; Melnikova, L.N.; Bezrogova, E.V.; Pomytkina, V.A.; Lavrukhina, A.K.


    A selective-dissolution method was used to study the chemical composition of mineral fractions of the Tsarev chondrite. Redistributions of Na, K, and P were found in mineral fractions of L-chondrites which have experienced different degrees of impact metamorphism. It is shown that the normative composition of inclusions in olivine in the Tsarev chondrite is characterized by a high content of diopside and anorthite components. 24 references.

  9. Structure, dynamics and stability of water/scCO2/mineral interfaces from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

    Mal-Soon Lee; B. Peter McGrail; Roger Rousseau; Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou


    The boundary layer at solid-liquid interfaces is a unique reaction environment that poses significant scientific challenges to characterize and understand by experimentation alone. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods, we report on the structure and dynamics of boundary layer formation, cation mobilization and carbonation under geologic carbon sequestration scenarios (T = 323 K and P = 90 bar) on a prototypical anorthite (001) surface. At low coverage, water film formation is ent...

  10. Direct Determination of the Space Weathering Rates in Lunar Soils and Itokawa Regolith from Sample Analyses

    Keller, L. P.; Berger, E. L.; Christoffersen, R.; Zhang, S.


    Space weathering effects on airless bodies result largely from micrometeorite impacts and solar wind interactions. Decades of research have provided insights into space weathering processes and their effects, but a major unanswered question still remains: what is the rate at which these space weathering effects are acquired in lunar and asteroidal regolith materials? To determine the space weathering rate for the formation of rims on lunar anorthite grains, we combine the rim width and type with the exposure ages of the grains, as determined by the accumulation of solar flare particle tracks. From these analyses, we recently showed that space weathering effects in mature lunar soils (both vapor-deposited rims and solar wind amorphized rims) accumulate and attain steady state in 10(sup 6)-10(sup 7) y. Regolith grains from Itokawa also show evidence for space weathering effects, but in these samples, solar wind interactions appear to dominate over impactrelated effects such as vapor-deposition. While in our lunar work, we focused on anorthite, given its high abundance on the lunar surface, for the Itokawa grains, we focused on olivine. We previously studied 3 olivine grains from Itokawa and determined their solar flare track densities and described their solar wind damaged rims]. We also analyzed olivine grains from lunar soils, measured their track densities and rim widths, and used this data along with the Itokawa results to constrain the space weathering rate on Itokawa. We observe that olivine and anorthite have different responses to solar wind irradiation.

  11. The Mineral Transformation of Huainan Coal Ashes in Reducing Atmospheres

    LI Han-xu; Yoshihiko Ninomiya; DONG Zhong-bing; ZHANG Ming-xu


    By using the advanced instrumentation of a Computer Controlled Scanning Electron Microscope (CCSEM),X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF), the ash composition and the mineral components of six typical Huainan coals of different origins were studied. The transformation of mineral matter at high temperatures was tracked by XRD in reducing conditions. The quartz phase decreased sharply and the anorthite content tended to increase at first and then decreased with increasing temperatures. The formed mullite phase reached a maximum at 1250 ℃ but showed a tendency of slow decline when the temperature was over 1250 ℃. The mullite formed in the heating process was the main reason of the high ash melting temperature of Huainan coals. Differences in peak intensity of mullite and anorthite reflected differences in phase concentration of the quenched slag fractions, which contributed to the differences in ash melting temperatures. The differences in the location of an amorphous hump maximum indicated differences of glass types which may affect ash melting temperatures. For Huainan coal samples with relatively high ash melting temperatures, the intensity of the diffraction lines for mullite under reducing condition is high while for the samples with relatively low ash melting temperature the intensity for anorthite is high.

  12. The chemical transformation of calcium in Shenhua coal during combustion in a muffle furnace

    Tian, Sida [North China Electric Power Univ., Beijing (China). School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering; Ministry of Education, Beijing (China). Key Lab. of Condition Monitoring and Control for Power Plant Equipment; Zhuo, Yuqun; Chen, Changhe [Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China). Dept. of Thermal Engineering; Ministry of Education, Beijing (China). Key Lab. for Thermal Science and Power Engineering; Shu, Xinqian [China Univ. of Mining and Technology, Beijing (China). School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering


    The chemical reaction characteristics of calcium in three samples of Shenhua coal, i.e. raw sample, hydrochloric acid washed sample and hydrochloric acid washed light fraction, during combustion in a muffle furnace have been investigated in this paper. Ca is bound by calcite and organic matter in Shenhua coal. X ray diffraction (XRD) phase analysis has been conducted to these samples' combustion products obtained by heating at different temperatures. It has been found that the organically-bound calcium could easily react with clays and transform into gehlenite and anorthite partially if combusted under 815 C, whilst the excluded minerals promoted the conversion of gehlenite to anorthite. Calcite in Shenhua coal decomposed into calcium oxide and partially transformed into calcium sulfate under 815 C, and formed gehlenite and anorthite under 1,050 C. Calcite and other HCl-dissolved minerals in Shenhua coal were responsible mainly for the characteristic that the clay minerals in Shenhua coal hardly became mullite during combustion.

  13. An experimental study on the behaviour of copper and other trace elements in magmatic systems

    Were, Patrick


    1. Distribution of trace elements between biotite and hydrous granitic melt. The synthetic system haplogranite-anorthite-biotite-H2O, doped with a suite of trace elements (V, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Rb, Cs, Sr, Ba, Mo, W, Nb, Ta, REE, Pb and Zr) was experimentally investigated over the temperature interval of 700-800°C at 200 MPa (H2O) to study the distribution of trace elements between biotite and coexisting hydrous melt. The starting materials were a series of volatile-free synthetic glasse...

  14. Petrologic characteristics of the 1982 and pre-1982 eruptive products of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico.

    McGee, J.J.; Tilling, R.I.; Duffield, W.A.


    Studies on a suite of rocks from this volcano indicate that the juvenile materials of the 1982 and pre-1982 eruptions of the volcano have essentially the same mineralogy and chemistry. Data suggest that chemical composition changed little over the 0.3 m.y. sample period. Modally, plagioclase is the dominant phenocryst, followed by amphibole, clinopyroxene and minor phases including anhydrite. Plagioclase phenocrysts show complex zoning: the anorthite-rich zones are probably the result of changing volatile P on the magma and may reflect the changes in the volcano's magma reservoir in response to repetitive, explosive eruptive activity.-R.E.S.

  15. Some petrological aspects of Imbrium stratigraphy

    Ridley, W. I.


    Descriptions are given of the petrochemistry of two Apennine Front breccias, both ejected to the surface during excavation of Spur Crater. The first clast type is breccia number 15445, a spinel pyroxenite whose mineralogy and petrochemistry are consistent with the original rock type being a garnet pyroxenite. The second rock, breccia 15459, is plutonic norite, in which coarsely exsolved inverted pigeonite is associated with anorthitic plagioclase. Application of mineral geothermometers indicates crystallization of these rocks below 1100 C; hence their textures probably developed largely by solid state recrystallization during impact-metamorphism.

  16. Mode of formation of hibonite (CaAl12O19) within the U-Th skarns from the granulites of S-E Madagascar

    Rakotondrazafy, Michel A. F.; Moine, B.; Cuney, M.


    In Madagascar, hibonite occurs as a rather frequent mineral within thorianite-bearing skarns which are widespread in the Pan African granulitic formations constituting the S-E part of the Island (Tranomaro area). In these skarns, leucocratic segregations made up of CO3-scapolite to meionite (Anequivalent=89 95% which implies T≥850° C), spinel and corundum were formed at stage 1 of metasomatism in a titanite-bearing matrix consisting of scapolite (Aneq=77 88) and aluminous diopside. During stage 2 of metasomatism, scapolite from the lenses were altered to anorthite+calcite while the less calcic scapolite remained stable which indicates T≈800° C. Hibonite crystallized at the expense of corundum and spinel. Expressed as mol% of the CaAl12O19/Ca(Al10TiR2+)O19/REE(Al11R2+)O19 [+Th (Al10R2+ 2)O19] end-members ( R 2+=Mg, Fe2+, Zn2+; Al=Al, Fe3+; Ti=Ti, Si), its composition varies from 26/72/2 to 50/23/27. The ideal activity of the CaAl12O19 component is about 0.25. Fluid inclusions in corundum, hibonite and anorthite are composed of nearly pure CO2. In corundum, the isochores for primary inclusions are in agreement with the P-T estimates for regional metamorphism and stage 1 metasomatism ( T≈850° C, P≈5 kbar). Inclusions with the highest density in hibonite and anorthite constrain P to about 3 3.5 kbar for T=800° C. Thermodynamic calculations indicate that, in addition to a low activity of CaAl12O19, stability of hibonite in equilibrium with anorthite and calcite implies an extremely low activity of silica (below the zircon-baddeleyite buffer). By contrast the activity of CO2 may be high, in agreement with the observed fluid compositions. These results are corroborated by a short comparison with the other granulite occurrences of hibonite in Tanzania and South India.

  17. Shock compression of liquid silicates to 125 GPa: The anorthite‐diopside join

    Ahrens, Thomas J.; Asimow, Paul D.


    We determined the equation of state (EOS) of three silicate liquid compositions by shock compression of preheated samples up to 127 GPa. Diopside (Di; Ca_2Mg_2SiO_6) at 1773 K, anorthite (An; CaAl_2Si_2O_8) at 1923 K and the eutectic composition Di_(64)An_(36) at 1673 K were previously studied by shock compression to 38 GPa. The new data extend the EOS of each composition nearly to the Earth’s core-mantle boundary. The previously reported anomaly at 25 GPa for Di_(64)An_(36) eutectic was ...

  18. TEM Analyses of Itokawa Regolith Grains and Lunar Soil Grains to Directly Determine Space Weathering Rates on Airless Bodies

    Berger, Eve L.; Keller, Lindsay P.; Christoffersen, Roy


    Samples returned from the moon and Asteroid Itokawa by NASA's Apollo Missions and JAXA's Hayabusa Mission, respectively, provide a unique record of their interaction with the space environment. Space weathering effects result from micrometeorite impact activity and interactions with the solar wind. While the effects of solar wind interactions, ion implantation and solar flare particle track accumulation, have been studied extensively, the rate at which these effects accumulate in samples on airless bodies has not been conclusively determined. Results of numerical modeling and experimental simulations do not converge with observations from natural samples. We measured track densities and rim thicknesses of three olivine grains from Itokawa and multiple olivine and anorthite grains from lunar soils of varying exposure ages. Samples were prepared for analysis using a Leica EM UC6 ultramicrotome and an FEI Quanta 3D dual beam focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM). Transmission electron microscope (TEM) analyses were performed on the JEOL 2500SE 200kV field emission STEM. The solar wind damaged rims on lunar anorthite grains are amorphous, lack inclusions, and are compositionally similar to the host grain. The rim width increases as a smooth function of exposure age until it levels off at approximately 180 nm after approximately 20 My (Fig. 1). While solar wind ion damage can only accumulate while the grain is in a direct line of sight to the Sun, solar flare particles can penetrate to mm-depths. To assess whether the track density accurately predicts surface exposure, we measured the rim width and track density in olivine and anorthite from the surface of rock 64455, which was never buried and has a surface exposure age of 2 My based on isotopic measurements. The rim width from 64455 (60-70nm) plots within error of the well-defined trend for solar wind amorphized rims in Fig. 1. Measured solar flare track densities are accurately reflecting the

  19. Thermodynamic conditions of framework grain dissolution of clastic rocks and its application in Kela 2 gas field

    LAI; Xingyun; YU; Bingsong; CHEN; Junyuan; CHEN; Xiaolin


    Feldspar and clastic debris are the most important constituent framework grains of sedimentary clastic rocks and their chemical dissolution plays an essential role in the formation and evolution of the secondary pore in the reservoir rocks. On the basis of thermodynamic phase equilibrium, this study investigates the chemical equilibrium relationships between fluid and various plagioclase and K-feldspar in diagenesis of the sediments, particularly, the impact of temperature and fluid compositions (pH, activity of K+, Na+, Ca2+ and so on) on precipitation and dissolution equilibria of feldspars. Feldspar is extremely easily dissolved in the acid pore water with a low salinity when temperature decreases. The dissolution of anorthite end-member of plagioclase is related to the Ca content of the mineral and the fluid, higher Ca either in the mineral or in the fluid, easier dissolution of the feldspar. Moreover, the dissolution of albite end-member of plagioclase is related to Na of both the mineral and fluid, lower Na out of both the mineral and fluid, easier dissolution of the mineral. Similarly, lower-K fluid is more powerful to dissolve K-feldspar than the higher. The anorthite component of plagioclase is most easily dissolved in ground water-rock system, the albite is the secondary, and K-feldspar is the most stable. Selective dissolution of plagioclase occurs in diagenesis because of the plagioclase solid solution that is mainly composed of albite and anorthite end-members, Ca-rich part of which is preferentially dissolved by the pore water, in contrast to the Na-rich parts. Based on investigation of reservoir quality, secondary pore, dissolution structures of feldspar, clay minerals and ground water chemistry of the Kela 2 gas field of Kuqa Depression in the Tarim basin of Western China, we discovered that the secondary pore is very well developed in the highest quality section of the reservoir, and the plagioclase of which was obviously selectively dissolved, in

  20. Paper pulp waste—A new source of raw material for the synthesis of a porous ceramic composite

    Subrata Dasgupta; Swapan Kumar Das


    A synthetic porous ceramic composite material consisting of the mullite, cordierite and cristobalite phases is produced from a mixture of paper pulp waste and clay by reaction sintering at 1400°C. Physicomechanical properties such as bulk density, porosity, cold crushing strength and cold modulus of rupture have been studied. The presence of mullite, cordierite, cristobalite and quartz as major phases and montellecite, tatanite, forsterite and anorthite as minor phases have been confirmed by X-ray diffraction pattern. SEM studies revealed the presence of well developed needle shaped mullite and quartz crystals. The paper also discusses the possible uses of this type of porous composite material.

  1. On the barrier to crystal nucleation in lunar glasses

    Yinnon, H.; Roshko, A.; Uhlmann, D. R.


    The paper describes an analytical method for calculating in detail the size distributions of small crystallites and nuclei in supercooled liquids as they are being quenched to form a glass and subsequently reheated above the glass transition to produce crystallization. This method is applied to experiments performed using differential thermal analysis (DTA) to estimate the barriers to crystal nucleation and the cooling rates required to form glasses or bodies with various degrees of crystallinity. DTA data and derived nucleation barriers are reported for anorthite and for the following lunar compositions: 15498, 15418, matrix and intrusion compositions of breccia 15286, Apollo 15 green glass, Luna 24 highland basalt, and 65016.

  2. Solar Wind Sputtering of Lunar Soil Analogs: The Effect of Ionic Charge and Mass

    Hijazi, H.; Bannister, M. E.; Meyer, F. W.; Rouleau, C. M.; Barghouty, A. F.; Rickman, D. L.; Hijazi, H.


    In this contribution we report sput-tering measurements of anorthite, an analog material representative of the lunar highlands, by singly and multicharged ions representative of the solar wind. The ions investigated include protons, as well as singly and multicharged Ar ions (as proxies for the heavier solar wind constituents), in the charge state range +1 to +9, and had a fixed solar-wind-relevant impact velocity of approximately 310 km/s or 500 eV/ amu. The goal of the measurements was to determine the sputtering contribution of the heavy, multicharged minority solar wind constituents in comparison to that due to the dominant H+ fraction.

  3. Mineralogy and microstructure of sintered lignite coal fly ash

    Marina Ilic; Christopher Cheeseman; Christopher Sollars; Jonathan Knight [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)


    Lignite coal fly ash from the 'Nikola Tesla' power plant in Yugoslavia has been characterised, milled, compacted and sintered to form monolithic ceramic materials. The effect of firing at temperatures between 1130 and 1190{sup o}C on the density, water accessible porosity, mineralogy and microstructure of sintered samples is reported. This class C fly ash has an initial average particle size of 82 {mu}m and contains siliceous glass together with the crystalline phases quartz, anorthite, gehlenite, hematite and mullite. Milling the ash to an average particle size of 5.6 m, compacting and firing at 1170{sup o}C for 1 h produces materials with densities similar to clay-based ceramics that exhibit low water absorption. Sintering reduces the amount of glass, quartz, gehlenite and anhydrite, but increases formation of anorthite, mullite, hematite and cristobalite. SEM confirms the formation of a dense ceramic at 1170{sup o}C and indicates that pyroplastic effects cause pore formation and bloating at 1190{sup o}C. 23 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Mineralogy and Petrology of EK-459-5-1, A Type B1 CAI from Allende

    Jeffcoat, C. R.; Kerekgyarto, A. G.; Lapen, T. J.; Andreasen, R.; Righter, M.; Ross, D. K.


    Calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) are a type of coarse-grained clast composed of Ca-, Al-, and Mg-rich silicates and oxides found in chondrite meteorites. Type B (CAIs) are exclusively found in the CV chondrite meteorites and are the most well studied type of inclusion found in chondritic meteorites. Type B1 CAIs are distinguished by a nearly monomineralic rim of melilite that surrounds an interior predominantly composed of melilite, fassaite (Ti and Al-rich clinopyroxene), anorthite, and spinel with varying amounts of other minor primary and secondary phases. The formation of Type B CAIs has received considerable attention in the course of CAI research and quantitative models, experimental results and observations from Type B inclusions remain largely in disagreement. Recent experimental results and quantitative models have shown that the formation of B1 mantles could have occurred by the evaporative loss of Si and Mg during the crystallization of these objects. However, comparative studies suggest that the lower bulk SiO2 compositions in B1s result in more prior melilite crystallization before the onset of fassaite and anorthite crystallization leading to the formation of thick melilite rich rims in B1 inclusions. Detailed petrographic and cosmochemical studies of these inclusions will further our understanding of these complex objects.

  5. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: Viewing the Lunar Interior Through Titanium-Colored Glasses


    The session"Viewing the Lunar Interior Through Titanium-Colored Glasses" included the following reports:Consequences of High Crystallinity for the Evolution of the Lunar Magma Ocean: Trapped Plagioclase; Low Abundances of Highly Siderophile Elements in the Lunar Mantle: Evidence for Prolonged Late Accretion; Fast Anorthite Dissolution Rates in Lunar Picritic Melts: Petrologic Implications; Searching the Moon for Aluminous Mare Basalts Using Compositional Remote-Sensing Constraints II: Detailed analysis of ROIs; Origin of Lunar High Titanium Ultramafic Glasses: A Hybridized Source?; Ilmenite Solubility in Lunar Basalts as a Function of Temperature and Pressure: Implications for Petrogenesis; Garnet in the Lunar Mantle: Further Evidence from Volcanic Glasses; Preliminary High Pressure Phase Relations of Apollo 15 Green C Glass: Assessment of the Role of Garnet; Oxygen Fugacity of Mare Basalts and the Lunar Mantle. Application of a New Microscale Oxybarometer Based on the Valence State of Vanadium; A Model for the Origin of the Dark Ring at Orientale Basin; Petrology and Geochemistry of LAP 02 205: A New Low-Ti Mare-Basalt Meteorite; Thorium and Samarium in Lunar Pyroclastic Glasses: Insights into the Composition of the Lunar Mantle and Basaltic Magmatism on the Moon; and Eu2+ and REE3+ Diffusion in Enstatite, Diopside, Anorthite, and a Silicate Melt: A Database for Understanding Kinetic Fractionation of REE in the Lunar Mantle and Crust.

  6. Three-dimensional thermoluminescence spectra of feldspars

    The paper describes a systematic study of the thermoluminescence emission spectra of thirty feldspars covering the whole composition range from high potassium (orthoclase) through high sodium (albite) to high calcium (anorthite). The study was simulated by the need to understand the properties of feldspars in connection with the application of thermoluminescence to the dating of sediments. The data were obtained with a high-sensitivity Fourier transform spectrometer, which allows measurements at the low light levels found in natural samples. Three-dimensional displays in which intensity is plotted as a function of photon energy and temperature assist identification of a wide range of spectral features. A number of common features are found: an emission at 3.1 eV is strong in alkali feldspars with more than 80 mole % orthoclase and occurs with lower intensity in most other alkali feldspars and some plagioclases; a broad band with a flat maximum near 2.6 eV is found in all alkali feldspars at temperatures near 200oC when artificially irradiated, and at higher temperatures in some natural samples. Emission at 2.2 and 4.4 eV is characteristic of plagioclases with more than 75 mole % of albite. Plagioclases with more than 50 mole % anorthite, and alkali feldspars with less than 50 mole % orthoclase, emit mainly in the range 1.5-2 eV. These features can be identified with luminescence centres suggested by previous workers. The application to practical thermoluminescence dating is discussed. (Author)

  7. Order in nanometer thick intergranular films at Au-sapphire interfaces

    Highlights: → Au particles were equilibrated on (0 0 0 1) sapphire in the presence of anorthite. → 1.2 nm thick equilibrium films (complexions) were formed at the Au-sapphire interfaces. → Quantitative HRTEM was used to study the atomistic structure of the films. → Structural order was observed in the 1.2 nm thick films adjacent to the sapphire crystal. → This demonstrates that ordering is an intrinsic part of equilibrium intergranular films. - Abstract: In recent years extensive studies on interfaces have shown that ∼1 nm thick intergranular films (IGF) exist at interfaces in different material systems, and that IGF can significantly affect the materials' properties. However, there is great deal of uncertainty whether such films are amorphous or partially ordered. In this study specimens were prepared from Au particles that were equilibrated on sapphire substrates in the presence of anorthite glass, leading to the formation of 1.2 nm thick IGF at the Au-sapphire interfaces. Site-specific cross-section samples were characterized using quantitative high resolution transmission electron microscopy to study the atomistic structure of the films. Order was observed in the 1.2 nm thick films adjacent to the sapphire crystal in the form of 'Ca cages', experimentally demonstrating that ordering is an intrinsic part of IGF, as predicted from molecular dynamics and diffuse interface theory.

  8. Mineralogy and chemistry of a pegmatic feldspar from hafafit eastern desert, Egypt

    This pegmatitic feldspar is a perthite composed of microcline and low albite roughly in the ratio of 2:1. The microline is of high triclinicity (0.84). Chemically this alkali feldspar contains 10.58% K2O, 3.37% Na2O and 0.25% CaO. These are equivalent to 62.6% microcline, 28.5% albite and 1.2% anorthite. The plagioclase intergrown with microcline is albite with 4% anorthite. The feldspar in question shows enrichment in Rb and Y with depletion in Sr, Ba and Zr; these characterise strongly fractionated rocks. The enclosing pegmatite is shown to be most probably one of the latest residues of a fractionally crystallising magma directly formed at low temperature range. The present pegmatite is to be contrasted, on mineralogical and geochemical grounds, with the garnetiferous pegmatite of W. Gemal area. Thus two distintive types of pegmatites are recognised, among others, in the south Eastern Desert of Egypt

  9. Report on the vitrification and devitrification of Hanford, Washington soil. Final report

    This study as focused principally on the effects of melting or vitrification and recrystallization or devitrification on soil from the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. The fusion properties of soil are important because the containment of nuclear material in in-situ vitrified soil is a possible requirement. An understanding of the physical and chemical properties of the soil is important in determinaing how the soil can contain the nuclear material. The soil itself is composed of a plagioclastic feldspar, quartz, and hematite. The feldspar is made up of albite and anorthite. When the soil is heated, the first mineral to melt is the albite between 11000C and 12000C. The mineral anorthite melts above 13100C and hematite below 17000C. The quartz does not melt until the temperature exceeds 17150C. The albite in the glass is sodium aluminosilicate. When the albite melts, microscopic spheres of non-crystalline, low-melting sodium silicate form. This indicates that the aluminosilicate matrix decomposes when heated. When crystals, which were previously fused, are heated: crystals begin to reform above 9000C. The minerals which crystallize are feldspar and magnetite, an iron oxide. Recrystallization should begin at a temperature 2500C below the liquidus point. The leaching of sodium, copper, calcium, and aluminum decreased with increasing fusion temperature, while the leaching of iron and barium increased with increasing fusion temperature

  10. Influence of diopside: feldspar ratio in ceramic reactions assessed by quantitative phase analysis (X-ray diffraction - Rietveld method)

    Kuzmickas, L.; Andrade, F.R.D.; Szabo, G.A.J. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IGc/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Dept. de Mineralogia e Geotecnia; Motta, J.F.M.; Cabral Junior, M., E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: gajszabo@usp.b, E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas (IPT), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Secao de Recursos Minerais e Tecnologia Ceramica


    White ceramics were produced with raw mixtures prepared with varying proportions of diopside-rich rock (0 to 20 wt.%) and potassic feldspar (40 to 20 wt.%), and fixed proportions of kaolinite (40 wt.%) and quartz (20 wt.%), fired in a temperature range from 1170 to 1210 deg C. The phases identified in the experimental ceramics were quartz, anorthite, mullite and glass, and their relative mass proportions were determined by X-ray diffraction (Rietveld method). The addition of diopside as a partial substitute for potassic feldspar causes the formation of a calcium silicate, analogous of the natural anorthite (CaSi{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 8}) in the ceramics, with proportional reduction in its glass and mullite contents. Water absorption and porosity of the ceramic bodies clearly decrease with increasing firing temperature, while the effect of the raw mixture composition on the physical and mechanical properties of the ceramics is less evident. Diopside-rich rock has low iron content (1.5 wt.% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and, therefore, promotes white burning. (author)

  11. Development of High Strength Fly Ash Glass-ceramics by Concrete Sludge Addition

    Ikeda, Kiyohiko; Yoshikawa, Akira; Hiratsuka, Akira; Tsujino, Ryoji; Kinoshita, Hiroyuki; Kawamura, Ryusuke; Nakayama, Yoshihisa; Iguchi, Manabu

    A large amount of fly ash is exhausted from the thermal powder plant and it is a poisonous substance including the heavy metals and dioxin. The glass solidification is an effective method as one of the waste solidification technologies. Further, producing new materials by mixing together more than two kinds of raw materials is a more useful method. However, a number of trials are required in this method. We selected glass-ceramics with the crystal structure of an Anorthite (CaO·Al2O3·2SiO2), fly ash as inorganic wastes and concrete sludge for construction materials. It is necessary to clarify the optimum production method. Batches were prepared by mixing these raw materials with various weight ratios. Glass samples were produced by melting the batches at 1450°C and quenching. They were reheated in the region of 950-1100°C to make into glass-ceramic. The properties of obtained glass-ceramics were examined by XRD analysis, SEM observation, and some material tests for the strength, hardness, toughness, and so on. The XRD analysis and SEM observation showed that the crystallized phase of the produced glass-ceramics were identified as an Anorthite. The material tests showed that the Vickers hardness was very high, while the chemical resistance was relatively low.

  12. Influence of diopside: feldspar ratio in ceramic reactions assessed by quantitative phase analysis (X-ray diffraction - Rietveld method)

    White ceramics were produced with raw mixtures prepared with varying proportions of diopside-rich rock (0 to 20 wt.%) and potassic feldspar (40 to 20 wt.%), and fixed proportions of kaolinite (40 wt.%) and quartz (20 wt.%), fired in a temperature range from 1170 to 1210 deg C. The phases identified in the experimental ceramics were quartz, anorthite, mullite and glass, and their relative mass proportions were determined by X-ray diffraction (Rietveld method). The addition of diopside as a partial substitute for potassic feldspar causes the formation of a calcium silicate, analogous of the natural anorthite (CaSi2Al2O8) in the ceramics, with proportional reduction in its glass and mullite contents. Water absorption and porosity of the ceramic bodies clearly decrease with increasing firing temperature, while the effect of the raw mixture composition on the physical and mechanical properties of the ceramics is less evident. Diopside-rich rock has low iron content (1.5 wt.% Fe2O3) and, therefore, promotes white burning. (author)

  13. Porous materials based on cenospheres of coal fly ash for fixation of Cs-137 and Sr-90 in mineral-like aluminosilicates

    Among the crystalline matrices being developed for immobilization of 137Cs and 90Sr are framework aluminosilicates like feldspars and feldspathoids. A novel approach to obtain mineral-like aluminosilicate forms of 137Cs and 90Sr with using porous materials based on hollow aluminosilicate microspheres of coal fly ash (cenospheres) has been demonstrated. Two modifications of microspherical porous materials have been developed, (i) moulded porous matrices based on consolidated cenospheres and (ii) zeolite sorbents obtained by hydrothermal zeolitization of cenospheres. The first includes impregnation of Cs- or Sr-containing solutions into porous matrices, drying and calcining at temperatures (700-900 deg. C) lower than the softening point of the porous matrix material, at which solid phase crystallization takes place with formation of framework aluminosilicates, such as Cs-nepheline, pollucite or Sr-anorthite. Using zeolite sorbents, immobilization of Cs+ and Sr2+ proceeds through the step of trapping ions from the solution followed by drying and thermochemical solid-phase transformation of saturated zeolites into pollucite or Sr-anorthite over the same temperature range. Cenosphere-derived porous matrices and zeolite sorbents were tested in fixation of 137Cs using spiked simulants of actual radioactive waste. The durability of crystalline aluminosilicate 137Cs -forms obtained was shown to satisfy Russian (GOST P 50926-96) and international standards. (author)

  14. Origin of low-Ca pyroxene in amoeboid olivine aggregates: Evidence from oxygen isotopic compositions

    Krot, Alexander N.; Fagan, Timothy J.; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Petaev, Michael I.; Yurimoto, Hisayoshi


    Amoeboid olivine aggregates (AOAs) in primitive carbonaceous chondrites consist of forsterite (Fa shells of variable thickness (up to 70 μm), commonly with abundant tiny (3-5 μm) inclusions of Fe,Ni-metal grains, around AOAs. AOAs with the low-Ca pyroxene shells are compact and contain euhedral grains of Al-diopside surrounded by anorthite, suggesting small (10%-20%) degree of melting. AOAs with other textural occurrences of low-Ca pyroxene are rather porous. Forsterite grains in AOAs with low-Ca pyroxene have generally 16O-rich isotopic compositions (Δ 17O 50%) objects is texturally and mineralogically intermediate between AOAs and Al-rich chondrules. It consists of euhedral forsterite grains, pigeonite, augite, anorthitic mesostasis, abundant anhedral spinel grains, and minor Fe,Ni-metal; it is surrounded by a coarse-grained igneous rim largely composed of low-Ca pyroxene with abundant Fe,Ni-metal-sulfide nodules. The mineralogical observations suggest that only spinel grains in this igneous object were not melted. The spinel is 16O-rich (Δ 17O ˜ -22‰), whereas the neighboring plagioclase mesostasis is 16O-depleted (Δ 17O ˜ -11‰). We conclude that AOAs are aggregates of solar nebular condensates (forsterite, Fe,Ni-metal, and CAIs composed of Al-diopside, anorthite, spinel, and ±melilite) formed in an 16O-rich gaseous reservoir, probably CAI-forming region(s). Solid or incipiently melted forsterite in some AOAs reacted with gaseous SiO in the same nebular region to form low-Ca pyroxene. Some other AOAs appear to have accreted 16O-poor pyroxene-normative dust and experienced varying degrees of melting, most likely in chondrule-forming region(s). The most extensively melted AOAs experienced oxygen isotope exchange with 16O-poor nebular gas and may have been transformed into chondrules. The original 16O-rich signature of the precursor materials of such chondrules is preserved only in incompletely melted grains.

  15. Numerical Simulation of Plagioclase Growth During Magma Storage and Ascent

    Melnik, O. E.; Gorokhova, N. V.; Plechov, P.


    A mathematical model of plagioclase growth from a magmatic melt is developed. Plagioclase is one of the main rock-forming minerals. Plagioclase is composed of molecules of two types: anorthite and albite. Crystallization occurs as a result of component (albite and anorthite) diffusion to the boundary of the growing crystal and opposite diffusion of residual melt components. The model is based on multicomponent diffusion equations with the real dependencies between crystal and melt compositions, pressure and temperature. Mass conservation is applied as a boundary condition on a crystal-melt interface. Crystal growth rate depends on local magma undercooling in the vicinity of the crystal. We assume that the growth is in 1D and that the crystal is located in a cell with symmetry (no mass flux) conditions on the cell boundaries. Diffusion of components within the crystal is negligibly slow. Based on this model variation of plagioclase composition with respect of monotonic cooling or pressure drop is studied. It is shown that due to interplay between diffusion of melt components to crystal-melt interface and crystal growth rate crystal composition can vary in a non-monotonic way in response to linear decrease in temperature. A condition of presence of plagioclase zonation is obtained as a result of parametric studies. A growth of rims on plagioclase crystals related to magma ascent during dome building eruptions on Bezymianny volcano (Kamchatka) is simulated. Bezymianny Volcano supplies material to the Earth surface about every half a year. Eruptions of 2000, 2006 and 2007 were selected to determine the magma ascent conditions as the most typical for the last activity cycle. The role of initial conditions, crystal growth rate, the ratio between anorthite and albite diffusion rates and ascent conditions on the rim composition is investigated. The ascent conditions of magma for Bezymianny Volcano eruptions were reconstructed. Simulations suggest ascent from a pressure of

  16. Raman and infrared spectroscopy study on structure and microstructure of glass-ceramic materials from SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-CaO system modified by variable molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3

    Partyka, Janusz; Leśniak, Magdalena


    This paper is focused on the effect of the molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3 on the microstructure and structure of the internal aluminium-silicon-oxide lattice of the glass-ceramic materials from the SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-CaO system. In order to examine the real composition of the obtained samples, a chemical analysis was performed. Following the heat-treatment procedure, pseudowollastonite, anorthite and the vitreous phase were identified. In order to determine the microstructure, research using the scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDS was done. For the inner structural study, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy as well as MIR and FIR spectroscopy were performed.

  17. Petrology of Amoeboid Olivine Aggregates in Antarctic CR Chondrites: Comparison With Other Carbonaceous Chondrites

    Komatsu, M.; Fagan, T. J.; Yamaguchi, A.; Mikouchi, T.; Zolensky, M. E.; Yasutake, M.


    Amoeboid olivine aggregates (AOAs) are important refractory components of carbonaceous chondrites and have been interpreted to represent solar nebular condensates that experienced high-temperature annealing, but largely escaped melting. In addition, because AOAs in primitive chondrites are composed of fine-grained minerals (forsterite, anorthite, spinel) that are easily modified during post crystallization alteration, the mineralogy of AOAs can be used as a sensitive indicator of metamorphic or alteration processes. AOAs in CR chondrites are particularly important because they show little evidence for secondary alteration. In addition, some CR AOAs contain Mn-enriched forsterite (aka low-iron, Mn-enriched or LIME olivine), which is an indicator of nebular formation conditions. Here we report preliminary results of the mineralogy and petrology of AOAs in Antarctic CR chondrites, and compare them to those in other carbonaceous chondrites.

  18. Experimental petrology and origin of rocks from the Descartes Highlands

    Walker, D.; Longhi, J.; Grove, T. L.; Stolper, E.; Hays, J. F.


    Petrographic studies of Apollo 16 samples indicate that rocks 62295 and 68415 are crystallization products of highly aluminous melts. 60025 is a shocked, crushed and partially annealed plagioclase cumulate. 60315 is a recrystallized noritic breccia of disputed origin. 60335 is a feldspathic basalt filled with xenoliths and xenocrysts of anorthosite, breccia, and anorthite. The Fe/(Fe+Mg) of plagioclase appears to be a relative crystallization index. Low pressure melting experiments with controlled Po2 indicate that the igneous samples crystallized at oxygen fugacities well below the Fe/FeO buffer. Crystallization experiments at various pressures suggest that the 62295 and 68415 compositions were produced by partial or complete melting of lunar crustal materials, and not by partial melting of the deep lunar interior.

  19. Conductive carbon-clay nanocomposites from petroleum oily sludge.

    Andrade, Patricia Fernanda; Azevedo, Thiago Figueiredo; Gimenez, Iara F; Souza Filho, Antonio Gomes; Barreto, Ledjane Silva


    Oily sludge samples formed in water-oil separation tanks from a petroleum industry were collected, characterized and heat-treated at different temperatures, in order to yield carbon-clay composites. EDX microanalysis, XRD and FTIR data revealed that before carbonization the oily sludge was formed mainly by a mixture of quartz, montmorillonite, calcite, barite and oil residues. After carbonization, mineral phases present were mainly quartz, anorthite and gehlenite, in addition to graphitic and disordered carbon domains, according to XRD, Raman and TEM measurements. A preliminary evaluation of the electrical conductivity performed by Impedance Spectroscopy revealed that the composites formed are conductive, exhibiting conductivity values typical of semiconductors, in contrast to the precursor material. PMID:19261382

  20. Gas burst vs. gas-rich magma recharge: A multidisciplinary study to reveal factors controlling triggering of the recent paroxysmal eruptions at Mt. Etna

    Viccaro, Marco; Garozzo, Ileana; Cannata, Andrea; Di Grazia, Giuseppe; Gresta, Stefano


    Since January 2011, Mt. Etna volcano has been affected by more than forty paroxysmal eruptions at the summit (New South East Crater; NSEC). On the basis of their very variable duration, seven eruptions have been selected among the twenty-five of 2011-2012 in order to decipher potential differences in their triggering mechanism. Paroxysms have been investigated through a multidisciplinary approach that integrates data from volcanic tremor and petrology (textures and micro-analysis on plagioclase crystals). Our results lead to the conclusion that close relationships exist between the duration of the eruptions and the temporal evolution of the volcanic tremor amplitude, especially during the Strombolian phase preceding the paroxysmal activity. In this regard, we distinguished: 1) paroxysms preceded by long-lasting initial Strombolian phases, characterized by low rate of volcanic tremor amplitude increase; and 2) eruptions preceded by short initial Strombolian phases, showing high rate of volcanic tremor amplitude increase. Based on the pattern of volcanic tremor amplitude increase, the former mainly showed a ramp-shaped morphology, while the latter a bell-shaped trend. Location of the volcanic tremor centroid during the quiescent intervals between the paroxysmal eruptions has highlighted the presence of a magmatic volume at 1-2 km a.s.l. beneath the North East Crater (NEC). During the syn-eruptive Strombolian and lava fountaining phases, the centroid of volcanic tremor migrates below the NSEC. This leads to the consideration that the magma batch residing beneath NEC played an important role in the volcanic activity at NSEC during the considered period. Also the textures and compositional zoning (anorthite and iron variations) in selected plagioclase crystals of the analyzed lavas suggest relations between duration of the paroxysms and dynamics of pre-eruptive magmatic processes at depth. Particularly, two mechanisms have been accounted for triggering of eruptions at

  1. X-Ray Characterization of Resistor/Dielectric Material for Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Packages

    High temperature XRD has been employed to monitor the devitrification of Dupont 951 low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) and Dupont E84005 resistor ink. The LTCC underwent devitrification to an anorthite phase in the range of 835-875 C with activation energy of 180 kJ/mol as calculated from kinetic data. The resistor paste underwent devitrification in the 835-875 C range forming monoclinic and hexagonal celcian phases plus a phase believed to be a zinc-silicate. RuO(sub 2) appeared to be stable within this devitrified resistor matrix. X-ray radiography of a co-fired circuit indicated good structural/chemical compatibility between the resistor and LTCC

  2. A Fresh Plutonic Igneous Angrite Containing Grain Boundary Glass From Tamassint, Northwest Africa

    Irving, A. J.; Kuehner, S. M.; Rumble, D.


    Tamassint Angrite: A small fragmented stone found in June 2006 south of Tamassint oasis in the Morocco-Algeria border region represents a new type of angrite lithology, unlike the coarse grained metamorphic or fine grained "basaltic" to quench-textured examples known previously. This extremely fresh, fusion-crusted specimen has a coarse grained (0.6-12 mm) plutonic igneous cumulate texture, and is composed of Al-Ti-rich clinopyroxene (33.4%), pure anorthite (28.6%), Ca-rich olivine (18.7%) with prominent exsolution lamellae (10-50 μm wide) of kirschsteinite, ulvöspinel (18.5%), and accessory glass, troilite and metal. Subhedral anorthite grains are partially enclosed within larger ulvöspinel grains. Mineral compositions are as follows: clinopyroxene (Fs20.8-33.3Wo53-54.9, Al2O3 = 5.7 to 9.4 wt.%, TiO2 = 0.9 to 2.9 wt.%, FeO/MnO = 85-278), olivine (Fa72.6-74.7Ln3.5-3.6, CaO = 2.1 wt.%, FeO/MnO = 70-87), kirschsteinite (Fa44.7-45.4Ln46-47.2, FeO/MnO = 73-82), ulvöspinel (TiO2 = 27.6 wt.%, Al2O3 = 5.5 wt.%). Reintegration of the kirschsteinite lamellae gives a pre-exsolution olivine composition of Fa68.1Ln12.2 with 7.3 wt.% CaO. Present along grain boundaries (notably between anorthite and ulvöspinel) are narrow (5-20 μm) curvilinear zones of glass associated with secondary kirschteinite, clinopyroxene and olivine (which show similar curvilinear morphology and truncate kirschsteinite lamellae). Glass compositions plot close to a mixing line between anorthite and ulvöspinel. Replicate oxygen isotopic analyses of acid-washed minerals by laser fluorination gave δ18O = 3.881, 3.845, δ17O = 1.967, 1.927, Δ17O = -0.0745, -0.0956 per mil (for TFL slope = 0.526). Comparison With NWA 2999: We previously showed [1] that angrite Northwest Africa 2999 is a metamorphically annealed breccia with distinctive symplectites and coronas representing forward and reverse versions of the same solid state reaction. We suggested that these disequilibrium textures required burial

  3. Cordierite-spinel troctolite, a new magnesium-rich lithology from the lunar highlands

    Marvin, U. B.; Carey, J. W.; Lindstrom, M. M.


    A clast of spineltroctolite containing 8 percent cordierite (Mg2,Al4Si5O18) has been identified among the constituents of Apollo 15 regolith breccia 15295. The cordierite and associated anorthite, forsteritic olivine, and pleonaste spinel represent a new, Mg-rich lunar highlands lithology that formed by metamorphism of an igneous spinel cumulate. The cordierite-forsterite pair in the assemblage is stable at a maximum pressure of 2.5 kilobars, equivalent to a depth of 50 kilometers, or 10 kilometers above the lunar crust-mantle boundary. The occurrence of the clast indicates that spinel cumulates are a more important constituent of the lower lunar crust than has been recognized. The rarity of cordierite-spinel troctolite among lunar rock samples suggests that it is excavated only by large impact events, such as the one that formed the adjacent Imbrium Basin.

  4. The formation kinetics of lunar glasses

    Uhlmann, D. R.; Handwerker, C. A.; Onorato, P. I. K.; Salomaa, R.; Goncz, D.


    The kinetic treatment of crystallization and glass formation, involving the construction of time-temperature-transformation curves (TTT) corresponding to a given degree of crystallinity, is extended to permit the description of crystallization of a body initially cooled to a glassy state. The key assumption is that if at any time and temperature a crystallite is smaller than the critical size corresponding to that temperature, it will melt completely and can be ignored in any further calculations of the crystal distribution. This approach is used to predict the temperature of maximum crystallization rate for the matrix composition of lunar breccia 67975; results are shown to be in excellent agreement with experiment. Theoretical results obtained for anorthite indicate a barrier to nucleation in the range of 75 kT when the ratio of the undercooling to the liquidus temperature is 0.2. Measured nucleation barriers for the 67975 matrix composition are in the range of 42 to 45 kT.

  5. Process of phase formation in calcareous hydromica-containing clays

    Illite type hydromica-containing clays as raw materials of highly heat-insulating materials are investigated. Secondary crystalline phases of anorthite, gehlenite, hematite, mullite and diopside are formed in the process of high-temperature firing. In the clays with high content of dolomite akermanite, monticellite and calcium ferrite are formed in the thermal process. 1000-1-2- deg C is an optimal firing temperature for these heat-insulating materials. Finally we have obtained the following characteristics for the calcareous hydromica-containing firing ceramic body: density 1.30-1.20 g/cm3, bending strength 120-180 MPa, coefficient of thermal conductivity λ 0.19 W/m.K. (author)

  6. Synthesis of low-temperature, fast, single-firing body for porcelain stoneware tiles with coal gangue

    Wei, Q.W.; Gao, W.Y.; Sui, X.G. [Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian (China)


    Coal gangue is a major industrial solid waste in China, causing great environment pollution. According to phase diagram theory, a low-temperature, fast, single-firing body mix for porcelain stoneware tiles was designed in the quaternary system CaO-MgO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}, using coal gangue as the main raw material. The coal gangue was from Baishan city, Jilin province and mainly composed of kaolinite and quartz. Mineralogical compositions and microstructures of some selected samples sintered at different temperatures were identified with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results indicated that the optimal body mix was the one containing 34 wt% coal gangue sintered at 1170{sup o}C for about 1 h, with rupture strength of 43 MPa and water absorption of 0.22%. The main crystalline phases of the sintered body were quartz, anorthite and mullite.

  7. Synthesis of low-temperature, fast, single-firing body for porcelain stoneware tiles with coal gangue.

    Qiangwei Wei; Wenyuan Gao; Xinguo Sui


    Coal gangue is a major industrial solid waste in China, causing great environment pollution. According to phase diagram theory, a low-temperature, fast, single-firing body mix for porcelain stoneware tiles was designed in the quaternary system CaO--MgO--Al₂O₃--SiO₂, using coal gangue as the main raw material. The coal gangue was from Baishan city, Jilin province and mainly composed of kaolinite and quartz. Mineralogical compositions and microstructures of some selected samples sintered at different temperatures were identified with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results indicated that the optimal body mix was the one containing 34 wt% coal gangue sintered at 1170°C for about 1 h, with rupture strength of 43 MPa and water absorption of 0.22%. The main crystalline phases of the sintered body were quartz, anorthite and mullite. PMID:19942651

  8. Microstructural analysis from archaeological sculptures of the Olmeca culture

    This work presents the results obtained from the characterization of a series of samples belonging to different monuments of the Olmec culture. These monuments are exhibited in the archaeological site of La Venta, Tabasco, Mexico. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to determine the crystalline phases that characterise the samples, these phases are associated to different morphology. The elemental analysis exhibits the presence mainly of such elements as C, Si, O, Al, Na, Ca and in less abundance Ti, K, Cr, Ni and Mn were determined. The morphology is characterized by the presence of plane tabular structures, schists, extended slates and clusters of irregular grain. Such crystal phases as anorthite, albite, sanidine, zinnwaldite and clinochlore were identified. These phases are associated with such type of materials as feldspars and mica. All the identified phases are noted for presenting near perfect exfoliation. (Author)

  9. Microstructure-stress relationships in liquid-phase sintered alumina modified by the addition of 5 wt.% of calcia-silica additives

    Hot-pressed alumina samples, with 5 wt.% additions of CaO:SiO2 possessing molar ratios ranging between 1:5 and 10:1 were studied by electron microscopy. Marked differences in microstructure (e.g. grain size, secondary crystalline phases and grain boundary film thickness) were observed, which depended on the composition of sintering additives. The compositions of glassy phases in triple pockets and in grain boundaries varied markedly depending on sintering additives, but also within individual specimens. High residual compressive stresses were measured in alumina grains of samples which contained low thermal expansion crystalline phases such as anorthite and grossite, while gehlenite-containing samples were correspondingly less stressed

  10. The origin of groundwater composition in the Pampeano Aquifer underlying the Del Azul Creek basin, Argentina.

    Zabala, M E; Manzano, M; Vives, L


    The Pampean plain is the most productive region in Argentina. The Pampeano Aquifer beneath the Pampean plain is used mostly for drinking water. The study area is the sector of the Pampeano Aquifer underlying the Del Azul Creek basin, in Buenos Aires province. The main objective is to characterize the chemical and isotopic compositions of groundwater and their origin on a regional scale. The methodology used involved the identification and characterization of potential sources of solutes, the study of rain water and groundwater chemical and isotopic characteristics to deduce processes, the development of a hydrogeochemical conceptual model, and its validation by hydrogeochemical modelling with PHREEQC. Groundwater samples come mostly from a two-depth monitoring network of the "Dr. Eduardo J. Usunoff" Large Plains Hydrology Institute (IHLLA). Groundwater salinity increases from SW to NE, where groundwater is saline. In the upper basin groundwater is of the HCO3-Ca type, in the middle basin it is HCO3-Na, and in the lower basin it is ClSO4-NaCa and Cl-Na. The main processes incorporating solutes to groundwater during recharge in the upper basin are rain water evaporation, dissolution of CO2, calcite, dolomite, silica, and anorthite; cationic exchange with Na release and Ca and Mg uptake, and clay precipitation. The main processes modifying groundwater chemistry along horizontal flow at 30 m depth from the upper to the lower basin are cationic exchange, dissolution of silica and anorthite, and clay precipitation. The origin of salinity in the middle and lower basin is secular evaporation in a naturally endorheic area. In the upper and middle basins there is agricultural pollution. In the lower basin the main pollution source is human liquid and solid wastes. Vertical infiltration through the boreholes annular space during the yearly flooding stages is probably the pollution mechanism of the samples at 30 m depth. PMID:25747376

  11. Visible/near-infrared spectra of experimentally shocked plagioclase feldspars

    Johnson, Jeffrey R.; Hörz, Friedrich


    High shock pressures cause structural changes in plagioclase feldspars such as mechanical fracturing and disaggregation of the crystal lattice at submicron scales, the formation of diaplectic glass (maskelynite), and genuine melting. Past studies of visible/near-infrared spectra of shocked feldspars demonstrated few spectral variations with pressure except for a decrease in the depth of the absorption feature near 1250-1300 nm and an overall decrease in reflectance. New visible/near-infrared spectra (400-2500 nm) of experimentally shocked (17-56 GPa) albite- and anorthite-rich rock powders demonstrate similar trends, including the loss of minor hydrated mineral bands near 1410, 1930, 2250, and 2350 nm. However, the most interesting new observations are increases in reflectance at intermediate pressures, followed by subsequent decreases in reflectance at higher pressures. The amount of internal scattering and overall sample reflectance is controlled by the relative proportions of micro-fractures, submicron grains, diaplectic glass, and melts formed during shock metamorphism. We interpret the observed reflectance increases at intermediate pressures to result from progressively larger proportions of submicron feldspar grains and diaplectic glass. The ensuing decreases in reflectance occur after diaplectic glass formation is complete and the proportion of genuine melt inclusions increases. The pressure regimes over which these reflectance variations occur differ between albite and anorthite, consistent with thermal infrared spectra of these samples and previous studies of shocked feldspars. These types of spectral variations associated with different peak shock pressures should be considered during interpretation and modeling of visible/near-infrared remotely sensed spectra of planetary and asteroidal surfaces.

  12. Geometry-coupled reactive fluid transport at the fracture scale -Application to CO 2 geologic storage

    Kim, Seunghee


    Water acidification follows CO2 injection and leads to reactive fluid transport through pores and rock fractures, with potential implications to reservoirs and wells in CO2 geologic storage and enhanced oil recovery. Kinetic rate laws for dissolution reactions in calcite and anorthite are combined with Navier-Stokes law and advection-diffusion transport to perform geometry-coupled numerical simulations in order to study the evolution of chemical reactions, species concentration and fracture morphology. Results are summarized as a function of two dimensionless parameters: the Damköhler number Da which is the ratio between advection and reaction times, and the transverse Peclet number Pe defined as the ratio between the time for diffusion across the fracture and the time for advection along the fracture. Reactant species are readily consumed near the inlet in a carbonate reservoir when the flow velocity is low (low transverse Peclet number and Da>10-1). At high flow velocities, diffusion fails to homogenize the concentration field across the fracture (high transverse Peclet number Pe>10-1). When the reaction rate is low as in anorthite reservoirs (Da<10-1) reactant species are more readily transported towards the outlet. At a given Peclet number, a lower Damköhler number causes the flow channel to experience a more uniform aperture enlargement along the length of the fracture. When the length-to-aperture ratio is sufficiently large, say l/d>30, the system response resembles the solution for 1-D reactive fluid transport. A decreased length-to-aperture ratio slows the diffusive transport of reactant species to the mineral fracture surface, and analyses of fracture networks must take into consideration both the length and slenderness of individual fractures in addition to Pe and Da numbers.

  13. Elasticity of plagioclase feldspars

    Brown, J. Michael; Angel, Ross J.; Ross, Nancy L.


    Elastic properties are reported for eight plagioclase feldspars that span compositions from albite (NaSi3AlO8) to anorthite (CaSi2Al2O8). Surface acoustic wave velocities measured using Impulsive Stimulated Light Scattering and compliance sums from high-pressure X-ray compression studies accurately determine all 21 components of the elasticity tensor for these triclinic minerals. The overall pattern of elasticity and the changes in individual elastic components with composition can be rationalized on the basis of the evolution of crystal structures and chemistry across this solid-solution join. All plagioclase feldspars have high elastic anisotropy; a* (the direction perpendicular to the b and c axes) is the softest direction by a factor of 3 in albite. From albite to anorthite the stiffness of this direction undergoes the greatest change, increasing twofold. Small discontinuities in the elastic components, inferred to occur between the three plagioclase phases with distinct symmetry (C1>¯, I1>¯, and P1>¯), appear consistent with the nature of the underlying conformation of the framework-linked tetrahedra and the associated structural changes. Measured body wave velocities of plagioclase-rich rocks, reported over the last five decades, are consistent with calculated Hill-averaged velocities using the current moduli. This confirms long-standing speculation that previously reported elastic moduli for plagioclase feldspars are systematically in error. The current results provide greater assurance that the seismic structure of the middle and lower crusts can be accurately estimated on the basis of specified mineral modes, chemistry, and fabric.

  14. Chemical composition of glass and crystalline phases in coarse coal gasification ash

    R.H. Matjie; Zhongsheng Li; Colin R. Ward; David French [Sasol Technology (Pty) Ltd., Sasolburg (South Africa)


    A procedure has been developed for determining the chemical composition and relative abundance of the amorphous or glassy material, as well as crystalline phases, present in coarse coal gasification ash, in order to assist in predicting the behaviour of the material in cement/brick/concrete applications. The procedure is based on a combination of quantitative X-ray diffraction (XRD), chemical analysis and electron microprobe studies. XRD analysis indicates that the clinker samples contain a number of crystalline high temperature phases, including anorthite, mullite, cristobalite, quartz and diopside. Quantitative evaluation using Rietveld-based techniques has been used to determine the percentages of both the individual crystalline phases and the glass component. These data were then combined with the chemistry of the crystalline phases and the overall chemical composition of the ash to estimate the chemical composition of the glass phase, which is typically the most abundant component present in the different materials. Although there is some degree of scatter, comparison between the inferred glass composition from XRD and bulk chemistry and actual data on the glass composition using electron microprobe techniques suggest that the two approaches are broadly consistent. The microprobe further indicates that a range of compositions are present in the glassy and crystalline components of the ashes, including Si-Al-rich glass, metakaolin and Fe-Ca-Mg-Ti phases, as well as quartz, anorthite and an aluminophosphate material. Electron microprobe and XRD studies also show that pyrrhotite (FeS), representing a high temperature transformation product of pyrite, is present in some clinker and partially burnt carbonaceous shale samples. 27 refs., 5 figs., 7 tabs.

  15. Crystallization evolution, microstructure and properties of sewage sludge-based glass–ceramics prepared by microwave heating

    Highlights: ► A reactor is designed to prepare glass–ceramic from sewage sludge by microwave. ► Microwave process has reduced energy consumption for its low reaction temperature. ► Finer and uniform crystals are observed in microwave glass–ceramics. ► Improved properties of microwave glass–ceramics are found. ► We modeled the crystals growth in microwave field. - Abstract: A Microwave Melting Reactor (MMR) was designed in this study which improved the microwave adsorption of sewage sludge to prepare glass–ceramics. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used for the study of crystallization behavior and microstructure of the developed glass–ceramics. DSC and XRD analysis revealed that crystallization of the nucleated specimen in the region of 900–1000 °C resulted in the formation of two crystalline phases: anorthite and wollastonite. When the crystallization temperature increased from 900 to 1000 °C, the tetragonal wollastonite grains were subjected to tensile microstresses, causing the cracking of crystal. Al ions substituted partially Si ions and occupied tetrahedral sites, giving rise to the formation of anorthite. The relationship between microwave irradiation and crystal growth was studied and the result indicated that the microwave selective heating suppressed the crystal growth, giving apparent improvements in the properties of the glass–ceramics. The glass–ceramics products exhibited bending strength of 86.5–93.4 MPa, Vickers microhardness of 6.12–6.54 GPa and thermal expansion coefficient of 5.29–5.75 × 10−6/°C. The best chemical durability in acid and alkali solutions was 1.32–1.61 and 0.41–0.58 mg/cm2, respectively, showing excellent durability in alkali solution.

  16. Three-Dimensional Modeling of the Reactive Transport of CO2 and Its Impact on Geomechanical Properties of Reservoir Rocks and Seals

    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Hou, Zhangshuan; Bacon, Diana H.; Murray, Christopher J.; White, Mark D.


    This article develops a novel multiscale modeling approach to analyze CO2 reservoirs using Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s STOMP-CO2-R code that is interfaced with the ABAQUS® finite element package. The STOMP-CO2-R/ABAQUS® sequentially coupled simulator accounts for the reactive transport of CO2 causing mineral composition changes that modify the geomechanical properties of reservoir rocks and seals. Formation rocks’ elastic properties that vary during CO2 injection and govern the poroelastic behavior of rocks are modeled by an Eshelby-Mori-Tanka approach (EMTA) implemented in ABAQUS® via user-subroutines. The computational tool incorporates the change in rock permeability due to both geochemistry and geomechanics. A three-dimensional (3D) STOMP-CO2-R model for a model CO2 reservoir containing a vertical fault is built to analyze a formation containing a realistic geochemical reaction network with 5 minerals: albite, anorthite, calcite, kaolinite and quartz. A 3D ABAQUS® model that maps the above STOMP-CO2-R model is built for the analysis using STOMP-CO2-R/ABAQUS®. The results show that the changes in volume fraction of minerals include dissolution of anorthite, precipitation of calcite and kaolinite, with little change in the albite volume fraction. After a long period of CO2 injection the mineralogical and geomechanical changes significantly reduced the permeability and elastic modulus of the reservoir (between the base and caprock) in front of the fault leading to a reduction of the pressure margin to fracture at and beyond the injection location. The impact of reactive transport of CO2 on the geomechanical properties of reservoir rocks and seals are studied in terms of mineral composition changes that directly affect the rock stiffness, stress and strain distributions as well as the pressure margin to fracture.

  17. Limited subsolidus diffusion in type B1 CAI: Evidence from Ti distribution in spinel

    Meeker, G. P.; Quick, J. E.; Paque, Julie M.


    Most models of calcium aluminum-rich inclusions (CAI) have focused on early stages of formation by equilibrium crystallization of a homogeneous liquid. Less is known about the subsolidus cooling history of CAI. Chemical and isotopic heterogeneties on a scale of tens to hundreds of micrometers (e.g. MacPherson et al. (1989) and Podosek, et al. (1991)) suggest fairly rapid cooling with a minimum of subsolidus diffusion. However, transmission electron microscopy indicates that solid state diffusion may have been an important process at a smaller scale (Barber et al. 1984). If so, chemical evidence for diffusion could provide constraints on cooling times and temperatures. With this in mind, we have begun an investigation of the Ti distribution in spinels from two type B1 CAI from Allende to determine if post-crystallization diffusion was a significant process. The type B1 CAIs, 3529Z and 5241 have been described by Podosek et al. (1991) and by El Goresy et al. (1985) and MacPherson et al. (1989). We have analyzed spinels in these inclusions using the electron microprobe. These spinels are generally euhedral, range in size from less than 10 to 15 micron and are poikilitically enclosed by millimeter-sized pyroxene, melilite, and anorthite. Analyses were obtained from both the mantles and cores of the inclusions. Compositions of pyroxene in the vicinity of individual spinel grains were obtained by analyzing at least two points on opposite sides of the spinel and averaging the compositions. The pyroxene analyses were obtained within 15 microns of the spinel-pyroxene interface. No compositional gradients were observed within single spinel crystals. Ti concentrations in spinels included within pyroxene, melilite, and anorthite are presented.

  18. Petrography and petrogenesis of some Indian basaltic achondrites derived from the HED parent body: Insights from electron microprobe analyses

    Rajesh K Srivastava


    Three Indian achondrites, viz., Bholghati howardite, Lohawat howardite and Pipliya Kalan eucrite and two other achondrites, viz., Bé ré ba eucrite and Johnstown diogenite are studied for their petrography and mineral chemistry. All these achondrites are derived from the HED parent body. Both Bholghati and Lohawat howardites are polymict breccias and contain pieces of eucrites and diaogenites (lithic clasts), pyroxene and minor olivine as mineral clasts, and small proportion of ilmenite and pure iron metal. Eucrite clasts are noncumulate basaltic in nature, whereas diogenite clasts are mostly composed of orthopyroxene with minor clinopyroxene and anorthite. Both howardite samples contain orthopyroxene, pigeonite and augite. Notable characteristics observed in Lohawat howardite include crystallization of orthoenstatite first at a high-temperature followed by ferrosilite, pigeonite olivine and augite from a basaltic melt. Piplia Kalan eucrite is noncumulate, unbrecciated and basaltic in nature and display ophitic/sub-ophitic or hypidiomorphic textures. It contains ∼60% pyroxenes (clinoenstatite and pigeonite) and ∼40% plagioclase feldspars (bytownite to anorthite). The observed mineralogy in the Piplia Kalan eucrite suggests its crystallization from a high-temperature basaltic melt crystallized at low pressure. Two other achondrite samples, viz., Bé ré ba eucrite and Johnstown diogenite are also studied. The Bé ré ba eucrite shows cumulate nature which is probably formed by small-degree melts of ilmenitebearing gabbro, whereas the Johnstown diogenite crystallized from a slow cooling of a Ca-poor basaltic melt derived from cumulates formed from the magma ocean, similar to the origin of the noncumulate eucrites.

  19. X-ray diffraction and SEM/EDX studies on technological evolution of the oxide-fluoride ceramic flux for submerged arc-surfacing

    Sokolsky V.E.


    Full Text Available The ceramic flux for submerged arc-surfacing with main component composition MgO (10.0 wt. %-Al2O3 (25.0 wt. %-SiO2 (40.0 wt. %-CaF2 (25.0 wt. % was prepared in a disk dryer-granulator using a sodium/potassium silicate solution as a binder. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD collected at r.t. identified α- phase of quartz, Al2O3, MgO and CaF2 of the initial components in the samples taken after granulation and subsequent annealing at 600 °C. In contrast to the low temperature annealing, anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8 is the main phase in the composition of the samples remelted at 1500 °C and quenched subsequently. Chemical analysis performed by means of scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (SEM/EDX detects that the grains of the remelted samples possess the same Ca : Al : Si elemental ratio as anorthite. High temperature X-ray diffraction (HTXRD was used to examine structural transformation in the solid at 600 °C < T < 1200 °C and stages of thermal evolution of ceramic flux were determined. The ceramic flux melts completely at the temperature above 1350 °C. The intensity pattern of the flux melt was obtained by X-ray diffraction of scattered X-rays at 1450 °C. After calculating the structure factor (SF, the radial distribution function (RDF was evaluated and used to calculate the structural basicity of the flux melt.

  20. Evidence for Changes in Redox State During Crystallization of Allende Type B1 Inclusions

    Simon, S. B.; Davis, A. M.; Grossman, L.


    Because the fassaite/liquid distribution coefficient for Ti^3+, D^fas/L(sub)Ti^3+, is ~3 and D^fas/L(sub)Ti^4+ is ~1, Ti^tot (Ti^3+ + Ti^4+) contents and Ti^3+/Ti^tot ratios in fassaite should decrease from core to rim in fassaite crystals in Type B CAIs if the residual liquid did not maintain equilibrium with the reducing, solar nebular gas. As reported previously (Simon and Grossman, 1991), such trends have been observed in fassaite crystals in Allende Type B CAIs, as have sharp increases (spikes) in Ti^tot, Ti^3+/Ti^tot, and V near the rims of the same crystals in TS34 (Type B1). We attributed those spikes to changes in liquid composition caused by incoming of anorthite, and to reaction of the Ti^4+ component in fassaite with anorthite (Beckett, 1986). We undertook the present study to test this theory. The Ti^3+-rich fassaite overgrowths are discernible in backscattered electron images because of their higher Ti^tot relative to their Ti^tot-poor fassaite substrates. We found such fassaite in two more CAIs, TS23, and TS33. The boundaries between Ti^3+-poor and Ti^3+-rich fassaite are sharp and irregular, scalloped or embayed. We conducted electron probe traverses (~3 micrometers between analysis spots) and coarser ion probe traverses across the spikes. If the spikes were caused by anorthite crystallization we would expect to see, in the fassaite, sharp increases in elements that are compatible in fassaite and incompatible in anorthite (e.g., Ti^tot, V, Sc). The results do not support the previous conclusions of Simon and Grossman (1991): we do not see evidence of the incoming of anorthite. Calculations that take into account the different fassaite/liquid Ds for Ti^3+ and Ti^4+ show little or no increase in the Ti^tot contents of the liquids in TS33 and TS34. We observe small increases or continued decreases in Sc, and ion probe data across nine spikes revealing none of the changes that would be consistent with anorthite crystallization, e.g., increased Sm

  1. Crystal-melt relationships in the AD 1783 Laki fissure eruption, Iceland and the record of lower crustal crystallisation

    Neave, D.; Maclennan, J.; Thordarson, T.


    Many large basaltic fissure eruptions contain crystals which are too primitive to have been in equilibrium with their carrier liquids, and preserve a history of earlier magma evolution. Links between the plutonic and volcanic record of magma chamber processes can be investigated by study of these crystals. Geochemical and petrographic work has previously demonstrated that products of the AD 1783 Laki fissure eruption were formed by mixing of a carrier liquid with a mush shortly before eruption. The mush is predicted to contain crystals and an evolved mush liquid. Investigating the composition and structure of crystals enables models of mush formation and subsequent disaggregation and mixing to be evaluated. Crystal size distribution analysis was performed using backscattered electron (BSE) images of a glassy lava sample and shows that an excess of large crystals are present, consistent with addition from a mush containing old, large crystals. Further compositional and textural observations support this model, and provide information about the environment of mush generation. Anorthite zoning in Laki plagioclase contains a record of melt evolution with crystal cores being much more primitive (An>75;mol%) than rims, which are in equilibrium with the carrier liquid (An;{ ˜;62;mol%}). Calibration of 2D BSE images further confirms the observation that most evolved compositions occur at crystal rims. Degree of melt evolution is traced using slowly diffusing titanium, which in the absence of magnetite crystallisation, behaves as an incompatible element. Conversion of Ti(plg) to Ti(melt) shows that no plagioclase crystallised from a melt more evolved than the carrier liquid. Anti-correlation of titanium and anorthite in oscillatory zoned plagioclase at all lengthscales suggests that variations in plagioclase composition are driven by variations in the degree of melt evolution from repeated recharge and differentiation. Depths of magmatic processes are constrained using

  2. Experimental approach to form anorthositic melts: phase relations in the system CaAl2Si2O8 - CaMgSi2O6 - Mg2SiO4 at 6 wt.% H2O

    Zirner, Aurelia Lucretia Katharina; Ballhaus, Chris; Fonseca, Raúl; Müncker, Carsten


    Massive anorthosite dykes are documented for the first time from the Limassol Forest Complex (LFC) of Cyprus, the LFC being a deformed equivalent of the Troodos ultramafic massif. Both the Troodos and LFC complexes are part of the Tethyan realm consisting of Cretaceous oceanic crust that formed within a backarc basin 90 Ma ago and was obduced during late Miocene. From crosscutting relations with the sheeted dyke complex, it follows that the anorthosites belong to one of the latest magmatic events on Cyprus. In hand specimen, the rocks appear massive and unaltered, although in thin section magmatic plagioclase (An93) is partially replaced by albite and thomsonite (zeolite). Where magmatic textures are preserved, plagioclase forms cm-sized, acicular, radially arranged crystal aggregates that remind of spinifex textures. Six major types of anorthosite occurrences have previously been described, none of them matching with the above described anorthosite dykes [1]. The origin of these anorthosite dykes remains poorly understood. Even though they occur as intrusive dykes, it is evident that they cannot represent liquidus compositions, at least under dry conditions. Whole-sale melting of pure An93 would require temperatures in excess of 1450 °C, which is a quite unrealistic temperature of the modern Earth's crust. The working hypothesis is that boninitic melts with approximately 4 wt.% H2O, as found in the cyprian upper pillow lavas (UPL), could produce such rocks by olivine-pyroxene fractionation. Indeed, experiments indicate that such lithologies can be generated by medium-pressure fractional crystallization of hydrous basaltic melts followed by decompression-degassing. High pH2O stabilizes olivine but tends to suppress plagioclase as the highest polymerized phase. Hence the An component is accumulated in the (late-stage) melt. When such a system experiences sudden decompression, the aqueous phase will exsolve and will trigger massive precipitation of anorthite

  3. Infiltration of dilute groundwaters and resulting groundwater compositions at repository depth

    The purpose of this study has been to simulate the hydrochemical evolution of dilute water, typical of melt-water in a glaciation scenario, infiltrating into bedrock. The focus is on the alkali and alkaline earth cation compositions because these might affect the performance of bentonite buffer. A geochemical model of batch reactions between dilute water and rock minerals has been constructed. Two approaches to simulating these hydrogeochemical reactions have been implemented using the PHREEQC program. The first approach has simulated the dissolution reactions of various aluminosilicate minerals in terms of the rates of each reaction. The potential for continued dissolution is governed by the calculated state of thermodynamic equilibrium for each mineral phase, but the progress of dissolution is calculated using empirical kinetics expressions. The second approach has assumed that local equilibria are achieved rapidly between water and reactive minerals so that hydrochemical evolution is governed by equilibria with different assemblages of minerals. Sequential equilibria with various permutations of mineral assemblages have simulated how the resulting groundwater compositions, specifically the pH and the [Ca2++Mg2+]/[Na+] ratio, depend on the selected mineral assemblages. The equilibrating secondary minerals for both modelling approaches are calcite, chalcedony, kaolinite, illite and chlorite, plus montmorillonite in the local equilibrium model. The minerals selected for kinetic dissolution reactions are albite, anorthite, K-feldspar and biotite. The minerals selected for dissolution-only equilibration are laumontite, saponite, prehnite, albite, anorthite and K-feldspar. Model runs were constructed to represent various combinations of these minerals in three stages of local equilibrium. The main conclusions to be drawn from this modelling study are: (i) The realistic and most likely scenarios for hydrogeochemical evolution would result in divalent cation

  4. The origin of groundwater composition in the Pampeano Aquifer underlying the Del Azul Creek basin, Argentina

    Zabala, M.E., E-mail: [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Av. Rivadavia 1917, C1033AAJ Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto de Hidrología de Llanuras “Dr. Eduardo J. Usunoff”, Av. República Italia 780, 7300 Azul, Provincia Buenos Aires (Argentina); Manzano, M., E-mail: [Escuela de Ingeniería de Caminos, Canales y Puertos y de Ingeniería de Minas, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, P° de Alfonso XIII 52, E-30203 Cartagena (Spain); Vives, L., E-mail: [Instituto de Hidrología de Llanuras “Dr. Eduardo J. Usunoff”, Av. República Italia 780, 7300 Azul, Provincia Buenos Aires (Argentina)


    The Pampean plain is the most productive region in Argentina. The Pampeano Aquifer beneath the Pampean plain is used mostly for drinking water. The study area is the sector of the Pampeano Aquifer underlying the Del Azul Creek basin, in Buenos Aires province. The main objective is to characterize the chemical and isotopic compositions of groundwater and their origin on a regional scale. The methodology used involved the identification and characterization of potential sources of solutes, the study of rain water and groundwater chemical and isotopic characteristics to deduce processes, the development of a hydrogeochemical conceptual model, and its validation by hydrogeochemical modelling with PHREEQC. Groundwater samples come mostly from a two-depth monitoring network of the “Dr. Eduardo J. Usunoff” Large Plains Hydrology Institute (IHLLA). Groundwater salinity increases from SW to NE, where groundwater is saline. In the upper basin groundwater is of the HCO{sub 3}-Ca type, in the middle basin it is HCO{sub 3}-Na, and in the lower basin it is ClSO{sub 4}–NaCa and Cl–Na. The main processes incorporating solutes to groundwater during recharge in the upper basin are rain water evaporation, dissolution of CO{sub 2}, calcite, dolomite, silica, and anorthite; cationic exchange with Na release and Ca and Mg uptake, and clay precipitation. The main processes modifying groundwater chemistry along horizontal flow at 30 m depth from the upper to the lower basin are cationic exchange, dissolution of silica and anorthite, and clay precipitation. The origin of salinity in the middle and lower basin is secular evaporation in a naturally endorheic area. In the upper and middle basins there is agricultural pollution. In the lower basin the main pollution source is human liquid and solid wastes. Vertical infiltration through the boreholes annular space during the yearly flooding stages is probably the pollution mechanism of the samples at 30 m depth. - Highlights: • The

  5. The origin of groundwater composition in the Pampeano Aquifer underlying the Del Azul Creek basin, Argentina

    The Pampean plain is the most productive region in Argentina. The Pampeano Aquifer beneath the Pampean plain is used mostly for drinking water. The study area is the sector of the Pampeano Aquifer underlying the Del Azul Creek basin, in Buenos Aires province. The main objective is to characterize the chemical and isotopic compositions of groundwater and their origin on a regional scale. The methodology used involved the identification and characterization of potential sources of solutes, the study of rain water and groundwater chemical and isotopic characteristics to deduce processes, the development of a hydrogeochemical conceptual model, and its validation by hydrogeochemical modelling with PHREEQC. Groundwater samples come mostly from a two-depth monitoring network of the “Dr. Eduardo J. Usunoff” Large Plains Hydrology Institute (IHLLA). Groundwater salinity increases from SW to NE, where groundwater is saline. In the upper basin groundwater is of the HCO3-Ca type, in the middle basin it is HCO3-Na, and in the lower basin it is ClSO4–NaCa and Cl–Na. The main processes incorporating solutes to groundwater during recharge in the upper basin are rain water evaporation, dissolution of CO2, calcite, dolomite, silica, and anorthite; cationic exchange with Na release and Ca and Mg uptake, and clay precipitation. The main processes modifying groundwater chemistry along horizontal flow at 30 m depth from the upper to the lower basin are cationic exchange, dissolution of silica and anorthite, and clay precipitation. The origin of salinity in the middle and lower basin is secular evaporation in a naturally endorheic area. In the upper and middle basins there is agricultural pollution. In the lower basin the main pollution source is human liquid and solid wastes. Vertical infiltration through the boreholes annular space during the yearly flooding stages is probably the pollution mechanism of the samples at 30 m depth. - Highlights: • The work studies the origin of

  6. The use of natural radiation for prospecting valuable resources

    Full text: The uranium trapped by minerals during its formation gives the possibility of determining their age of creation, or the age of their last heating event. Uranium atoms in the mineral naturally decay by spontaneous fission creating tracks whose number is proportional to the mineral age. The results of two minerals are presented: Apatite and Zircon. Apatite from the Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico is internationally considered as a standard. Apatite is also used to determine the thermal history of mineral and oil deposits. Another mineral, Epidote is considered as a geothermic-chronometer in geothermal fields whose presence and crystalline degree provides information, along with other parameters, on the genesis and thermal evolution of the reservoir. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and neutron activation analysis identified in Los Azufres field the presence of epidote species (clinozoisite and piamontite) in most of the cases at depths deeper than 1100 mosl. Isothermal curves are matched in a three-dimensional graph were other minerals (quartz, albite, clinoclhore, calcite and anorthite) are also located. The presence of these minerals reflects thermo dynamical and chemical processes in the reservoir. The energy source in geothermal fields is associated to the faults produced by the enormous activity of geothermal fields escaping from the reservoir. The locations of those geological structures define areas for closer prospecting through radon mapping, as it shown in the paper. (orig.)

  7. Synthesis of steel slag ceramics:chemical composition and crystalline phases of raw materials

    Li-hua Zhao; Wei Wei; Hao Bai; Xu Zhang; Da-qiang Cang


    Two types of porcelain tiles with steel slag as the main raw material (steel slag ceramics) were synthesized based on the CaO–Al2O3–SiO2 and CaO–MgO–SiO2 systems, and their bending strengths up to 53.47 MPa and 99.84 MPa, respectively, were obtained. The presence of anorthite,α-quartz, magnetite, and pyroxene crystals (augite and diopside) in the steel slag ceramics were very different from the composition of traditional ceramics. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA) results illustrated that the addition of steel slag reduced the temperature of extensive liquid generation and further decreased the firing temperature. The considerable contents of glass-modifying oxide liquids with rather low viscosities at high temperature in the steel slag ceramic adobes promoted element diffusion and crystallization. The results of this study demonstrated a new approach for extensive and effective recycling of steel slag.

  8. Sintering behavior of porous wall tile bodies during fast single-firing process

    Sidnei José Gomes Sousa


    Full Text Available In ceramic wall tile processing, fast single-firing cycles have been widely used. In this investigation a fast single-firing porous wall tile mixture was prepared using raw materials from the North Fluminense region.Specimens were obtained by uniaxial pressing and sintered in air at various temperatures (1080 - 1200 °C using a fast-firing cycle (60 minutes. Evolution of the microstructure was followed by XRD and SEM. The results revealed that the main phases formed during the sintering step are anorthite, gehlenite and hematite. It appears that the sintering process is characterized by the presence of a small amount of a liquid phase below 1140 °C. As a result, the microstructure of the ceramic bodies showed a network of small dense zones interconnected with a porous phase. In addition, the strength of the material below 1140 °C appeared to be related to the type and quantity of crystalline phases in the sintered bodies.

  9. Micromechanical properties of silicate glass films on sapphire substrates

    Zagrebelny, A.V.; Carter, C.B. [Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


    The deformation of thin layers of glass on crystalline materials has been examined using newly developed experimental methods for nanomechanical testing. Continuous films of anorthite (CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}), celsian (BaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}), and monticellite (CaMgSiO{sub 4}) were deposited onto Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surfaces by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). Mechanical properties such as Young`s modulus and hardness were probed with a high-resolution depth-sensing indentation instrument. Nanomechanical testing, combined with AFM in-situ imaging of the deformed regions, allowed force-displacement measurements and imaging of the same regions of the specimen before and immediately after indentation. Emphasis has been placed on examining how changes in the glass composition, residual stress introduced into the films, effect of film`s heat-treatment, and the effect of substrate crystallographic orientation will affect the mechanical properties of silicate-glass films.

  10. Isomorphous substitutions in SrO-BaO-Al2O3-TiO2-SiO2 system

    The SrO-BaO-Al2O3-TiO2-SiO2 system is studied. It is shown that in the samples with higher SrO concentration in comparison with BaO and at their equal quantities solid solutions on the base of triclinic strontium anorthite are formed, and at the increased BaO content - on the base of monoclinic celsian. The homogeneity range of the BaAl2Si2O8 celsianic form is relatively narrower in comparison with SrAl2Si2O8. The Al2O3/(SrO + BaO) ratio considerably influence isomorphism in the SrO-BaO-Al2O3-Ti02-SiO2 system: in the studied glasses the increase of this value from 0.5 to 1.25 reduces the temperature of the beginning of solid solution formation from 1470 to 1220 K

  11. Chemical and mechanical consequences of environmental barrier coating exposure to calcium-magnesium-aluminosilicate.

    Harder, B.; Ramirez-Rico, J.; Almer, J. D.; Kang, L.; Faber, K. (X-Ray Science Division); (NASA Glenn Research Center); (Univ. of Seville); (Rolls-Royce Corp.); (Northwestern Univ.)


    The success of Si-based ceramics as high-temperature structural materials for gas turbine applications relies on the use of environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) with low silica activity, such as Ba{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Al{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (BSAS), which protect the underlying components from oxidation and corrosion in combustion environments containing water vapor. One of the current challenges concerning EBC lifetime is the effect of sandy deposits of calcium-magnesium-aluminosilicate (CMAS) glass that melt during engine operation and react with the EBC, changing both its composition and stress state. In this work, we study the effect of CMAS exposure at 1300 C on the residual stress state and composition in BSAS-mullite-Si-SiC multilayers. Residual stresses were measured in BSAS multilayers exposed to CMAS for different times using high-energy X-ray diffraction. Their microstructure was studied using a combination of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy techniques. Our results show that CMAS dissolves the BSAS topcoat preferentially through the grain boundaries, dislodging the grains and changing the residual stress state in the topcoat to a nonuniform and increasingly compressive stress state with increasing exposure time. The presence of CMAS accelerates the hexacelsian-to-celsian phase transformation kinetics in BSAS, which reacts with the glass by a solution-reprecipitation mechanism. Precipitates have crystallographic structures consistent with Ca-doped celsian and Ba-doped anorthite.

  12. Thermoluminescence and compositional zoning in the mesostasis of a Semarkona group A1 chondrule and new insights into the chondrule-forming process

    Matsunami, S.; Ninagawa, K.; Nishimura, S.; Kubono, N.; Yamamoto, I.; Kohata, M.; Wada, T.; Yamashita, Y.; Lu, J.; Sears, D. W. G.; Nishimura, H.


    A large, group A1, porphyritic olivine chondrule in the Semarkona chondrite with induced thermoluminescence (TL) and compositional zoning in its mesostasis has been discovered. The chondrule has Ca-rich and Fe-poor olivine and its mesostasis is highly anorthite-normative. The chondrule shows an intense induced TL peak at about 300 C with a half-width of about 180 C. The induced TL in the 40-440 C range increases monotonically by a factor of about 6 from center to rim, while SiO2, Na2O, and MnO increase by factors of about 1.1, about 3.6, and about 6, respectively. The spectrum of the induced TL over the 200-350 C range and the Mn-TL correlation suggest Mn-activated plagioclase is an important constituent of the refractory mesostases in group A1 chondrules. The zoning may reflect fractional crystallization, Soret diffusion, transport of volatiles into the chondrule by aqueous alteration, a zoned precursor, reduction of precursor dust aggregate, or recondensation of volatiles lost during chondrule formation.

  13. Recycling of radioactive oil sludge waste into pavement brick

    Malaysia produces about 1450 tons of radioactive oil sludge waste per year and there is an urgent need to find a permanent solution to the storage and disposal of this radioactive waste problem. Several treatment methods such bacteria farming, ultracentrifuge, steam reforming and incineration are currently being used but the core issue of the radioactive material in the oil sludge had not been solved. The paper relates a study on utilizing the radioactive component of the oil sludge and turning them into pavement brick. Characteristic study of this radioactive component by XRD and XRF show that it mainly comprised of quartz and anorthite minerals. While the radioactivity analysis by gamma technique shows that more than 90 % of this radioactivity comes from this soil component with Ra-226 and Ra-228 as the main radionuclides. A vitrified brick was then produced from this sediment by mixing it with low radioactive local red clay. The result also shows that the formation of the vitrified layer may be due high content of K in the red clay. Tensile test on the brick shows that it has more than four times the strength of commercial clay brick. Long duration leaching test on the brick also shows that there is no dissolution of radionuclide from the brick. (author)

  14. An American on Paris: Extent of aqueous alteration of a CM chondrite and the petrography of its refractory and amoeboid olivine inclusions

    Rubin, Alan E.


    Paris is the least aqueously altered CM chondrite identified to date, classified as subtype 2.7; however, literature data indicate that some regions of this apparently brecciated meteorite may be subtype 2.9. The suite of CAIs in Paris includes 19% spinel-pyroxene inclusions, 19% spinel inclusions, 8% spinel-pyroxene-olivine inclusions, 43% pyroxene inclusions, 8% pyroxene-olivine inclusions, and 3% hibonite-bearing inclusions. Both simple and complex inclusions are present; some have nodular, banded, or distended structures. No melilite was identified in any of the inclusions in the present suite, but other recent studies have found a few rare occurrences of melilite in Paris CAIs. Because melilite is highly susceptible to aqueous alteration, it is likely that it was mostly destroyed during early-stage parent-body alteration. Two of the CAIs in this study are part of compound CAI-chondrule objects. Their presence suggests that there were transient heating events (probably associated with chondrule formation) in the nebula after chondrules and CAIs were admixed. Also present in Paris are a few amoeboid olivine inclusions (AOI) consisting of relatively coarse forsterite rims surrounding fine-grained, porous zones containing diopside and anorthite. The interior regions of the AOIs may represent fine-grained rimless CAIs that were incorporated into highly porous forsterite-rich dustballs. These assemblages were heated by an energy pulse that collapsed and coarsened their rims, but failed to melt their interiors.

  15. Determination of the mineral stability field of evolving groundwater in the Lake Bosumtwi impact crater and surrounding areas

    Loh, Yvonne Sena Akosua; Yidana, Sandow Mark; Banoeng-Yakubo, Bruce; Sakyi, Patrick Asamoah; Addai, Millicent Obeng; Asiedu, Daniel Kwadwo


    Conventional graphical techniques, mass balance geochemical modelling, and multivariate statistical methods were jointly applied to hydrogeochemical data of groundwater from the fractured rock aquifer system, and surface water in the Bosumtwi and surrounding areas to reveal evolutionary trends and the characteristics of evolving groundwater in the area. Four clusters distinguished from the Q-mode hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) comprised three main groundwater associations and one surface water group (lake water). Although both water resources are of low mineralization (TDS < 1000 mg/l), it was observed that the groundwater from the upper catchment with hydrochemical facies dominated by Nasbnd Mgsbnd HCO3-, evolves to Casbnd Mgsbnd and mixed cations HCO3- water types at the lower reaches. The lake water on the other hand is Nasbnd HCO3- water type. Results from principal component analyses (PCA) and other geochemical interpretations distinguished three sources of variations in the hydrochemistry. Saturation indices of possible reactive mineral phases show groundwater undersaturation relative to albite, anorthite, aragonite, barite, calcite, chlorite, chrysotile, dolomite, gypsum, k-felspar and talc, and supersaturation with respect to gibbsite, kaolinite, Ca-montmorillonite and k-mica in the area. The PCA and other geochemical interpretation identify weathering of feldspars and carbonate mineral dissolution as predominantly influencing the hydrochemistry of the groundwater. Hydrolysis of the aluminosilicates causes the groundwater to reach equilibrium with kaolinite. In addition to dissolution of silicates, the chemical composition of the lake water has been influenced by evaporation and consequent carbonate saturation.

  16. Mechanochemical Treatment, Structural Peculiarities, Properties, and Reactivity of SHS Systems Based on Natural Materials. 4. Production of SHS Ceramics Based on Mechanoactivated Materials

    Mansurov, Z. A.; Mofa, N. N.; Sadykov, B. S.; Sabaev, Zh. Zh.; Bakkara, A. E.


    The present paper considers the influence of mechanochemical treatment of minerals (quartz SiO2, calcite CaCO3, and wollastonite CaSiO3) used as components of the charge mixture for SH synthesis of ceramics with a high level of strength and thermal properties. A positive effect of using various modifiers in mechanochemical treatment of minerals activating the combustion process has been established. Suitable selection of modifiers provides an increase in the strength of synthesized SHS composites due to the formation in the synthesis products of wollastonite, helenite, anorthite, and aluminum nitride, and the decrease in the heat conductivity is due to the formation of an ultraporous structure of specimens. It has been shown that by varying the composition of the charge from the used natural minerals and the conditions of their mechanochemical treatment with modifiers, as well as the sizes of the synthesized specimen in the SHS regime, an object with high strength and thermal properties can be obtained.


    Jan Ondruska


    Full Text Available The temperature dependences of the electrical DC conductivity of calcite waste, kaolinite and illite based ceramics were measured in the temperature range of 20 - 1050oC. The ceramic mass that was used was a mixture of 60 wt. % kaolinitic-illitic clay, 20 - 40 wt. % of this clay was fired at 1000oC for 90 min and 0, 10 and 20 wt. % of calcite waste. During heating, several processes take place - the release of the physically bound water, the burning of organic impurities, the dehydroxylation of kaolinite and illite, the decomposition of calcite, and the creation of anorthite and mullite. All of these processes were checked by means of differential thermal analysis (DTA, derivative thermogravimetry (DTG and thermodilatometry (TDA. At low temperatures (20 - 200oC, due to the release and decomposition of physically bound water, H+ and OH- are dominant charge carriers. After completion of release of physically bound water, up to the start of dehydroxylation at the temperature of ~ 450oC, the DC conductivity is dominated by a transport of Na+, K+, and Ca2+ ions. During dehydroxylation, H+ and OH- ions, which are released from kaolinite and illite lattices, contribute to the DC conductivity. Decomposition of calcite runs between ~ 700oC and 900oC. The glassy phase has a dominant influence on the DC conductivity in the fired ceramics. Its high conductivity is determined by the high mobility of Na+, K+, and Ca2+ ions.

  18. Hibonite, Ca2/Al, Ti/24O38, from the Leoville and Allende chondritic meteorites.

    Keil, K.; Fuchs, L. H.


    Hibonite was discovered in light-colored, Ca-Al-Ti-rich and Si-Fe-poor, achondritic inclusions of the Leoville and Allende HL-group chondrites. Two varieties of hibonite occur: one emits a bright red-orange luminescence under electron bombardment and has high amounts of Al2O3 (87.7; 87.9) and low amounts of MgO (0.65; 0.8) and TiO2 (0.68; 0.8). The other emits a bright blue luminescence and is low in Al2O3 (78.7; 79.2) and high in MgO (3.3; 3.7) and TiO2 (6.5; 7.9) (in wt. %). The oxide CaO is about the same in both varieties. It is suggested that the change in the color of the visible luminescence results from changes in composition. The origin of hibonite which occurs in complex mineral assemblages together with anorthite, gelhenite, wollastonite, aluminous diopside, andradite, Ca-pyroxene, perovskite, spinel, taenite, chromite, and pentlandite, and in close proximity to nodules containing calcite, whewellite, forsterite and many of the aforementioned phases, is discussed. The proposition that hibonite and associated phases originated by contact metamorphism and metasomatism of calcite-dolomite bearing assemblages cannot, at this time, be completely ruled out.

  19. Effect of dolomite addition on the densification of fly ash based ceramics

    R.C.C. Monteiro; C.S. Mota; M.M.R.A. Lima [New University of Lisbon, Caparica (Portugal)


    Class F fly ash from Tapada do Outeiro, a coal power plant in the north of Portugal, has been processed by a powder technology route in order to obtain durable and mechanical resistant ceramics. Dolomite (CaCO{sub 3}.MgCO{sub 3}) was added in different proportions to the waste material, from zero up to 10 wt%, and the effect of this addition on the densification behaviour of the fired samples was investigated by measuring the apparent density, the open porosity and the linear shrinkage. The powder mixtures were uniaxially dry pressed in a steel die and fired at temperatures ranging from 950 to 1150{sup o}C. XRD and SEM were used to identify the phases present in the sintered materials and the degree of densification. The results revealed that added dolomite was responsible for the appearance of anorthite, an extra phase besides mullite and quartz, for an increase in the amount of liquid phase and for the swelling of closed pores at the highest firing temperatures. Significant morphological changes and phase transformations occurred during sintering and their effects on the physical-mechanical and leaching characteristics of the sintered materials were analyzed.

  20. Interaction between two contrasting magmas in the Albtal pluton (Schwarzwald, SW Germany): textural and mineral-chemical evidence

    Michel, Lorenz; Wenzel, Thomas; Markl, Gregor


    The magmatic evolution of the Variscan Albtal pluton, Schwarzwald, SW Germany, is explored using detailed textural observations and the chemical composition of plagioclase and biotite in both granite and its mafic magmatic enclaves (MMEs). MMEs probably formed in a two-step process. First, mafic magma intruded a granitic magma chamber and created a boundary layer, which received thermal and compositional input from the mafic magma. This is indicated by corroded "granitic" quartz crystals and by large "granitic" plagioclase xenocrysts, which contain zones of higher anorthite and partly crystallized from a melt of higher Sr content. Texturally, different plagioclase types (e.g. zoned and inclusion-rich types) correspond to different degrees of overprint most likely caused by a thermal and compositional gradient in the boundary layer. The intrusion of a second mafic magma batch into the boundary layer is recorded by a thin An50 zone along plagioclase rims that crystallized from a melt enriched in Sr. Most probably, the second mafic intrusion caused disruption of the boundary layer, dispersal of the hybrid magma in the granite magma and formation of the enclaves. Rapid thermal quenching of the MMEs in the granite magma is manifested by An30 overgrowths on large plagioclase grains that contain needle apatites. Our results demonstrate the importance of microtextural investigations for the reconstruction of possible mixing end members in the formation of granites.

  1. Determination of Optimum Process Conditions for Sulfuric Acid Dissolution of Zarigan Thorium-Uranium Ore Using Taguchi Method

    This paper deals with the study of digestion and leaching process effectiveness in thorium minerals processing, and determining the optimum process conditions for acidic leaching of thorium- uranium ores in Zarigan region to dissolve thorium. To do this, some samples from Zarigan region were studied mineralogically in laboratory. The sample containing minerals such as Anorthite, Quartz, Sanidine, Vermiculite, Albite, Gypsum, Muscovite, Anatase and Magnetite were ground in specified dimensions and then mixed with concentrated sulfuric acid. Then the mixture was heated to a high temperature. After diluting the mixture with water, it was dissolved by means of agitation leaching. The effects of different parameters such as particle size, temperature and time of digestion, concentration of sulfuric acid, and acid to ore ratio, with the aim of determining their optimum value, were studied which resulted in the following optimum values for the above-mentioned parameters: particle size of 250 μm, temperature of 180degreeC, time of 5h, concentration of sulfuric acid of 10.8 mol/lit, and acid to ore ratio of 3. Under these conditions, maximum recovery of thorium was 92%. Nitric acid (oxidant) concentration effect on the recovery of thorium in the optimum conditions was studied, and for the 2M of nitric acid concentration, thorium recovery of 97% was obtained.

  2. Extraction of lithium from β-spodumene using chlorination roasting with calcium chloride

    Barbosa, Lucía I., E-mail: [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI-CONICET), Facultad de Química Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco 17, CP 5700 San Luis (Argentina); González, Jorge A. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI-CONICET), Facultad de Química Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco 17, CP 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Padre Jorge Contreras 1300, Parque General San Martín, CP M5502JMA Mendoza (Argentina); Ruiz, María del Carmen [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI-CONICET), Facultad de Química Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco 17, CP 5700 San Luis (Argentina)


    Highlights: • β-Spodumene was roasted with calcium chloride to extract lithium. • The optimal conditions of the chlorination process are 900 °C and 120 min. • The products of the reaction are lithium chloride, anorthite, and silica. - Abstract: Chlorination roasting was used to extract lithium as lithium chloride from β-spodumene. The roasting was carried out in a fixed bed reactor using calcium chloride as chlorinating agent. The mineral was mixed with CaCl{sub 2} on a molar ratio of 1:2. Reaction temperature and time were investigated. The reactants and roasted materials were characterized by X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS). The mineral starts to react with CaCl{sub 2} at around 700 °C. The optimal conditions of lithium extraction were found to be 900 °C and 120 min of chlorination roasting, under which it is attained a conversion degree of 90.2%. The characterization results indicate that the major phases present in the chlorinating roasting residue are CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}, SiO{sub 2}, and CaSiO{sub 3}.

  3. Hydrogeochemical tracing of mineral water in Jingyu County, Northeast China.

    Yan, Baizhong; Xiao, Changlai; Liang, Xiujuan; Wu, Shili


    The east Jilin Province in China, Jingyu County has been explored as a potential for enriching mineral water. In order to assess the water quality and quantity, it is of crucial importance to investigate the origin of the mineral water and its flow paths. In this study, eighteen mineral springs were sampled in May and September of 2012, May and September of 2013, and May 2014 and the environment, evolvement, and reaction mechanism of mineral water formation were analysed by hydrochemical data analysis, geochemical modelling and multivariate statistical analysis. The results showed that the investigated mineral water was rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonate, chloride, sulphate, fluoride, nitrate, total iron, silicate, and strontium, and mineral water ages ranged from 11.0 to more than 61.0 years. The U-shape contours of the mineral ages indicate a local and discrete recharge. The mineral compositions of the rocks were olivine, potassium feldspar, pyroxene, albite, and anorthite and were under-saturated in the mineral water. The origin of mineral water was from the hydrolysis of basalt minerals under a neutral to slightly alkaline and CO2-rich environment. PMID:26040975

  4. Trace elements in minerals from mafic and ultramafic cumulates of the central Sierra de Valle Fértil, Famatinian arc, Argentina

    Otamendi, Juan E.; Tiepolo, Massimo; Walker, Barry A.; Cristofolini, Eber A.; Tibaldi, Alina M.


    Trace element abundances in constituent minerals from mafic and ultramafic rocks of a deep arc crustal section are studied to observe their abundance and distribution. Five cumulate rocks were selected from a sequence that consists of pyroxene hornblende peridotite, olivine hornblende gabbronorite, pyroxene hornblende gabbronorite, hornblende gabbronorite, gabbro and anorthosite. Solid/liquid partition coefficients calculated with the equilibrium distribution model indicate that Cr, Ni, Co, Zn and V are highly compatible with an olivine-dominated mineral assemblage from the mafic and ultramafic cumulates. The compatibility of Ti and Sc would be dependent on the stability of clinopyroxene, amphibole and oxides in the magmatic system. With few exceptions, the other trace elements are incompatible with the minerals that form the cumulate. At most half the mass of Sr carried by a primitive arc magma could be stored in anorthite-rich plagioclase from the mafic cumulates. Magmatic amphibole fractionates Y, middle and heavy REE from other incompatible elements during crystal accumulation of mafic cumulates. In contrast, late magmatic to subsolidus amphibole has no effect on the differentiation of a primitive arc magma. In fact, the trace element variability of amphibole and clinopyroxene is easily related to different stages of magmatic evolution within the cumulate pile. The results presented here are helpful for modelling other cases of arc magma petrogenesis where the cumulate rocks with dominant mafic assemblages are not exposed.

  5. Phase equilibrium and microstructure in CaO-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ system

    In the literature but very little information is at hand on phase equilibria and Ca-ceramics. Ca-ceramics being candidate materials for future engineering ceramics would be able to lead research in two areas namely, phase equilibria in ceramics and knowledge of nitrogen behavior in these systems to predict behavior of nitrogen in these oxides, commercially suitable for refining of nitrogen alloyed steels. Efforts have been made to share information on phase equilibria and solubility of nitrogen in aluminosilicate melts. A qualitative effort has been made to understand the behavior of nitrogen in these systems in the light of the information available in contemporary systems. It has been shown that Ca-Si-Al-O-N system in equilibrium with anorthite, mullite, oxide and gehlenite give rise to β/sup '/. It has been tried to integrated solubility data with micro structural inferences in the present findings which is a step forward in extending our information on a class of new engineering materials i.e. calcium caramics. (author)

  6. Surface alteration of sintered product of strontium aluminum silicate under hydrothermal conditions

    The surface alteration of strontium aluminum silicate has been studied under hydrothermal conditions in connection with the leachability of Sr from solidified radioactive wastes. Samples exposed to a 3 M NaCl solution at 300 C produced a precipitated layer of analcime (NaAlSi2O6) with high crystallinity. The normalized leach rates for Sr in 3 M NaCl and 3 M KCl solutions were found to be less than 10-3 g/cm2·d, yielding high resistance to leaching in these solutions. On exposure to the CaCl2 solution at 300 C, anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8) was formed on the surface, indicating the replacement of Sr with Ca through isomorphous substitution. In the case of MgCl2 solution, a thick precipitated layer of clinochlore (Mg5Al(Si3Al)O10(OH)8) built up on the outermost surface. This layer serves to depress the migration of Sr, resulting in the deposition of SrCl2 salts in the altered layer

  7. Effects of the mineral phase and valence of vanadium on vanadium extraction from stone coal

    Hu, Yang-jia; Zhang, Yi-min; Bao, Shen-xu; Liu, Tao


    The influence of roasting on the leaching rate and valence of vanadium was evaluated during vanadium extraction from stone coal. Vanadium in stone coal is hard to be leached and the leaching rate is less than 10% when the raw ore is leached by 4 mol/L H2SO4 at 90°C for 2 h. After the sample is roasted at 900°C for 2 h, the leaching rate of vanadium reaches the maximum, and more than 70% of vanadium can be leached. The crystal of vanadium-bearing mica minerals decomposes and the content of V(V) increases with the rise of roasting temperature from 600 to 900°C, therefore the leaching rate of vanadium increases significantly with the decomposition of the mica minerals. Some new phases, anorthite for example, form when the roasting temperature reaches 1000°C. A part of vanadium may be enwrapped in the sintered materials and newly formed phases, which may impede the oxidation of low valent vanadium and make the leaching rate of vanadium drop dramatically. The leaching rate of vanadium is not only determined by the valence state of vanadium but also controlled by the decomposition of vanadium-bearing minerals and the existence state of vanadium to a large extent.

  8. Production of glass-ceramics from sewage sludge and waste glass

    In the present study for recycling of sewage sludge and waste glass from JSC 'Valmieras stikla skiedra' treatment of them to the dense glass-ceramic composite material using powder technology is estimated. The physical-chemical properties of composite materials were identified – density 2.19 g/cm3, lowest water absorption of 2.5% and lowest porosity of 5% for the samples obtained in the temperature range of sintering 1120 – 1140 °C. Regarding mineralogical composition of glass-ceramics the following crystalline phases were identified by XRD analysis: quartz (SiO2), anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8) and hematite (Fe2O3), which could ensure the high density of materials and improve the mechanical properties of material - compressive strength up to 60.31±5.09 – 52.67±19.18 MPa. The physical-chemical properties of novel materials corresponds to dense glass-ceramics composite which eventually could be used as a building material, e.g. for floor covering, road pavement, exterior tiles etc.

  9. Synthesis of Long Afterglow Phosphor CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Dy3+ via Sol-Gel Technique and Its Optical Properties

    Wang Yinhai; Wang Zhiyu; Zhang Pengyue; Zhang Fuan; Fan Xianping; Qian Guodong


    The long afterglow phosphor CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Dy3+ was prepared by a sol-gel method. The sol-gel process and the structure of the phosphor were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). It is found that the single anorthite phase formed at about 1000 ℃, which is 300 ℃ lower than that required for the conventional solid state reaction. The obtained phosphor powders are easier to grind than those of solid state method and the partical size of phosphor has a relative narrow distribution of 200 to 500 nm. The photoluminescence and afterglow properties of the phosphor were also characterized. An obvious blue shift occurs in the excitation and emission spectra of phosphors obtained by sol-gel and solid state reaction methods. The change of the fluorescence spectra can be attributed to the sharp decrease of the crystalline grain size of the phosphor resulted from the sol-gel technique.

  10. Compositional controls on spinel clouding and garnet formation in plagioclase of olivine metagabbros, Adirondack Mountains, New York

    McLelland, J.M.; Whitney, P.R.


    Olivine metagabbros from the Adirondacks usually contain both clear and spinel-clouded plagioclase, as well as garnet. The latter occurs primarily as the outer rim of coronas surrounding olivine and pyroxene, and less commonly as lamellae or isolated grains within plagioclase. The formation of garnet and metamorphic spinel is dependent upon the anorthite content of the plagioclase. Plagioclase more sodic than An38??2 does not exhibit spinel clouding, and garnet rarely occurs in contact with plagioclase more albitic than An36??4. As a result of these compositional controls, the distribution of spinel and garnet mimics and visually enhances original igneous zoning in plagioclase. Most features of the arrangement of clear (unclouded) plagioclase, including the shells or moats of clear plagioclase which frequently occur inside the garnet rims of coronas, can be explained on the basis of igneous zoning. The form and distribution of the clear zones may also be affected by the metamorphic reactions which have produced the coronas, and by redistribution of plagioclase in response to local volume changes during metamorphism. ?? 1980 Springer-Verlag.

  11. Recycling and utilisation of industrial solid waste: an explorative study on gold deposit tailings of ductile shear zone type in China.

    Liu, Rui; Huang, Fei; Du, Runxiang; Zhao, Chunming; Li, Yongli; Yu, Haoran


    Tailings are solid waste arising from mineral processing. This type of waste can cause severe damage to the environment during stockpiling as a result of the leaching of something harmful into the ecosystem. Gold deposit of ductile shear zone type is an important type of gold deposit, and the recycling of its tailings has been challenging researchers for a long time. In this article, the characteristics of this type of tailings were systematically studied by using modern technical means. Considering the characteristics of the tailings, clay was selected to make up for the shortcomings of the tailings and improve their performance. Water and raw materials were mixed to produce green bodies, which are subsequently sintered into ceramic bodies at 980 °C~1020 °C (sintering temperature). The results showed that some new kinds of mineral phases, such as mullite, anorthite and orthoclase, appear in ceramic bodies. Furthermore, the ceramic bodies have a surface hardness of 5 to 6 (Mohs scale), and their water absorption and modulus of rupture can meet some technical requirements of ceramic materials described in ISO 13006-2012 and GB 5001-1985. These gold mine tailings can be made into ceramic tiles, domestic ceramic bodies, and other kinds of ceramic bodies for commercial and industrial purposes after further improvements. PMID:26060235

  12. Heated blends of phosphate waste: Microstructure characterization, effects of processing factors and use as a phosphorus source for alfalfa growth.

    Loutou, M; Hajjaji, M; Mansori, M; Favotto, C; Hakkou, R


    Microstructure of expandable lightweight aggregates (LWAs), which was composed of phosphate waste (PW), cement kiln dust (CKD) and raw clay (RC) was investigated, and the effects of processing factors (temperature, waste content, soaking time) on their physical properties were quantified by using response surface methodology (RSM). The potential use of LWAs as a phosphorus source was assessed through the use of seeds of alfalfa. It was found that the main minerals of the waste, namely carbonates and fluorapatite, were involved in the formation of labradorite/anorthite and melt respectively. Stability of mullite- the main constituent of CKD- was sensitive to the melt content. The assemblage of the identified phases was discussed based on the CaO-SiO2-Al2O3 phase diagram. The results of RSM showed that the change of compressive strength, firing shrinkage and water absorption of LWAs versus processing factors was well described with a polynomial model and the weights of the effects of the factors increased in the following order: sintering temperature > waste content (in the case of PW-RC) > soaking time. On the other hand, it was found that due to the release of phosphorus by soil-embedded pellets, the growth of alfalfa plants improved, and the rate enhanced in this order: PW-RC > PW-CKD > PW-CKD-RC. The absorbed quantity of phosphorus (0.12%) was still lower than the common uptake amount. PMID:27100329

  13. Chemical evolution in the high arsenic groundwater of the Huhhot basin (Inner Mongolia, PR China) and its difference from the western Bengal basin (India)

    Mukherjee, Abhijit, E-mail: [Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78758 (United States); Bhattacharya, Prosun; Shi, Fei [KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group, Dept. of Land and Water Resources, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Fryar, Alan E. [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506 (United States); Mukherjee, Arun B. [Environmental Sciences, Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Helsinki University, P.O. Box 27, FIN-00014 Helsinki (Finland); Xie, Zheng M. [Department of Resources/Soil Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029 (China); Jacks, Gunnar [KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group, Dept. of Land and Water Resources, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Bundschuh, Jochen [Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, Apartado Postal 10032, 1000 San Jose (Costa Rica)


    Elevated As concentrations in groundwater of the Huhhot basin (HB), Inner Mongolia, China, and the western Bengal basin (WBB), India, have been known for decades. However, few studies have been performed to comprehend the processes controlling overall groundwater chemistry in the HB. In this study, the controls on solute chemistry in the HB have been interpreted and compared with the well-studied WBB, which has a very different climate, physiography, lithology, and aquifer characteristics than the HB. In general, there are marked differences in solute chemistry between HB and WBB groundwaters. Stable isotopic signatures indicate meteoric recharge in the HB in a colder climate, distant from the source of moisture, in comparison to the warm, humid WBB. The major-ion composition of the moderately reducing HB groundwater is dominated by a mixed-ion (Ca-Na-HCO{sub 3}-Cl) hydrochemical facies with an evolutionary trend along the regional hydraulic gradient. Molar ratios and thermodynamic calculations show that HB groundwater has not been affected by cation exchange, but is dominated by weathering of feldspars (allitization) and equilibrium with gibbsite and anorthite. Mineral weathering and mobilization of As could occur as recharging water flows through fractured, argillaceous, metamorphic or volcanic rocks in the adjoining mountain-front areas, and deposits solutes near the center of the basin. In contrast, WBB groundwater is Ca-HCO{sub 3}-dominated, indicative of calcite weathering, with some cation exchange and silicate weathering (monosiallitization).

  14. Comparisons of Mineralogy of Lunar Meteorites Possibly from the Farside and The Kaguya Remote Sensing Data to Reconstruct the Earliest Anorthositic Crust of the Moon

    Takeda, H.; Nagaoka, H.; Ohtake, M.; Kobayashi, S.; Yamaguchi, A.; Morota, T.; Karouji, Y.; Haruyma, J.; Katou, M.; Hiroi, T.; Nyquist, L. E.


    Ohtake et al. [1] observed by the Kaguya multiband imager and spectral profiler anorthosites composed of nearly pure anorthite (PAN) at numerous locations in the farside highlands. Based on the Th map made by the GRS group of the Kaguya mission, Kobayashi et al. [2] showed that the lowest Th region in the lunar farside occurs near the equatorial region and noted that the regions well correspond to the lunar highest region and the thickest crust region recently measured by Kaguya mission [3,4]. Such remote sensing data have been interpreted in terms of mineralogical studies of lunar meteorites of the Dhofar 489 group [5,6] (e.g., Dhofar 489, 908, and 307) and Yamato (Y-) 86032 [7], all possibly from the farside highlands. Although the presence of magnesian anorthosites in the Dhofar 489 group has been reported, we have not encountered large clast clearly identifiable as PAN. In this study, we investigated mineralogy and textures of large clasts of nearly pure anorthosites recognized in Dhofar 911 and the d2 clast in Dhofar 489 [8]. The d2 clast is the largest white anorthosite clast in Dhofar 489, but its mineralogy has not been investigated at that time. The low bulk FeO concentrations suggests that the d2 clast may be the pure anorthosite with very low abundance of mafic silicates. In conjunction with all data of the Dhofar 489 group including Dhofar 489, 908, 309 and 307, we propose a model of formation of the farside crust.

  15. Mineralogical composition of boiler fouling and slagging deposits and their relation to fly ashes: the case of Kardia power plant.

    Kostakis, George


    Slagging and fouling deposits from a pulverized lignite fired steam generating unit of the Kardia power plant (West Macedonia, Greece) were mineralogically investigated. The structure and cohesion of these deposits varied, usually depending on the level height of the boiler unit where they were formed. Some of the deposits had complex phase composition. The dominant components of the deposits of the burner zone and of the lower and intermediate boiler zones were the amorphous, anhydrite and hematite, while those of the highest levels contained amorphous, and anhydrite. Furthermore, in deposits formed in various other boiler areas gehlenite, anorthite, diopside, quartz, Ca(2)SiO(4), brownmillerite and other crystalline phases were also identified, usually in low amounts or in traces. The major part of the phases constituting the deposits were formed in the boiler, since only a minor part derived from the unreacted minerals present in lignite. Anhydrite was generated from the reaction of SO(2) with CaO formed mainly by the calcination of calcite as well as from dehydration of gypsum contained in lignite, while hematite was produced mainly from the oxidation of pyrite. The calcium-containing silicates formed in the boiler were mainly the products of reactions between CaO and minerals contained in the lignite. PMID:21035255

  16. Chemical evolution in the high arsenic groundwater of the Huhhot basin (Inner Mongolia, PR China) and its difference from the western Bengal basin (India)

    Elevated As concentrations in groundwater of the Huhhot basin (HB), Inner Mongolia, China, and the western Bengal basin (WBB), India, have been known for decades. However, few studies have been performed to comprehend the processes controlling overall groundwater chemistry in the HB. In this study, the controls on solute chemistry in the HB have been interpreted and compared with the well-studied WBB, which has a very different climate, physiography, lithology, and aquifer characteristics than the HB. In general, there are marked differences in solute chemistry between HB and WBB groundwaters. Stable isotopic signatures indicate meteoric recharge in the HB in a colder climate, distant from the source of moisture, in comparison to the warm, humid WBB. The major-ion composition of the moderately reducing HB groundwater is dominated by a mixed-ion (Ca-Na-HCO3-Cl) hydrochemical facies with an evolutionary trend along the regional hydraulic gradient. Molar ratios and thermodynamic calculations show that HB groundwater has not been affected by cation exchange, but is dominated by weathering of feldspars (allitization) and equilibrium with gibbsite and anorthite. Mineral weathering and mobilization of As could occur as recharging water flows through fractured, argillaceous, metamorphic or volcanic rocks in the adjoining mountain-front areas, and deposits solutes near the center of the basin. In contrast, WBB groundwater is Ca-HCO3-dominated, indicative of calcite weathering, with some cation exchange and silicate weathering (monosiallitization).

  17. Characterization of sintered coal fly ashes

    M. Erol; S. Kucukbayrak; A. Ersoy-Mericboyu [Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey). Department of Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Faculty


    Can, Catalagzi, Seyitomer and Afsin-Elbistan thermal power plant fly ashes were used to investigate the sintering behavior of fly ashes. For this purpose, coal fly ash samples were sintered to form ceramic materials without the addition of any inorganic additives or organic binders. In sample preparation, 1.5 g of fly ash was mixed in a mortar with water. Fly ash samples were uniaxially pressed at 40 MPa to achieve a reasonable strength. The powder compacts were sintered in air. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that quartz (SiO{sub 2}), mullite (Al{sub 6}Si{sub 2}O{sub 13}), anorthite (CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}), gehlenite (Ca{sub 2}Al{sub 2}SiO{sub 7}) and wollastonite (CaSiO{sub 3}) phases occurred in the sintered samples. Scanning electron microscopy investigations were conducted on the sintered coal fly ash samples to investigate the microstructural evolution of the samples. Different crystalline structures were observed in the sintered samples. The sintered samples were obtained having high density, low water adsorption and porosity values. Higher Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + SiO{sub 2} contents caused to better properties in the sintered materials. 19 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. Purification and characterization of smectite clay taken from Gafsa, Tunisia: Progressive elimination of carbonates

    This work shows the results of various analysis on a representative clay sample from southern west of Tunisia, particularly from Oued Tfal near the town of Gafsa. The raw smectite contains some carbonate, quartz, chlorite, and anorthite. During the attack of the carbonate clay with a solution of hydrochloric acid, a change of the chemical composition and physical properties was observed. This change is dependent on several factors: the initial concentration of the acid, the nature of the clay, the ratio acid / clay...). Although treatment to 0.5 M represents a total removal of carbonates, there are probably altered layers of the clay fraction. The result shows that for a treatment with acid solutions of concentrations below 0.5 M there is gradual removal of carbonate without protonation of the clay layers. The characterization of the clay fraction shows that the sodium clay purified (OTNa) consists of a sodium montmorillonite smectite. The cation exchange capacity and the specific surface of OTNa measured using the method of methylene blue are equal to 82 meq/100g and 667 m2 / g respectively.

  19. Extraction of lithium from β-spodumene using chlorination roasting with calcium chloride

    Highlights: • β-Spodumene was roasted with calcium chloride to extract lithium. • The optimal conditions of the chlorination process are 900 °C and 120 min. • The products of the reaction are lithium chloride, anorthite, and silica. - Abstract: Chlorination roasting was used to extract lithium as lithium chloride from β-spodumene. The roasting was carried out in a fixed bed reactor using calcium chloride as chlorinating agent. The mineral was mixed with CaCl2 on a molar ratio of 1:2. Reaction temperature and time were investigated. The reactants and roasted materials were characterized by X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS). The mineral starts to react with CaCl2 at around 700 °C. The optimal conditions of lithium extraction were found to be 900 °C and 120 min of chlorination roasting, under which it is attained a conversion degree of 90.2%. The characterization results indicate that the major phases present in the chlorinating roasting residue are CaAl2Si2O8, SiO2, and CaSiO3

  20. Comparisons of Mineralogy Between Cumulate Eucrites and Lunar Meteorites Possibly from the Farside Anorsothitic Crust

    Takeda, H.; Yamaguchi, A.; Hiroi, T.; Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Ohtake, M.; Karouji, Y.; Kobayashi, S.


    Anorthosites composed of nearly pure anorthite (PAN) at many locations in the farside highlands have been observed by the Kaguya multiband imager and spectral profiler [1]. Mineralogical studies of lunar meteorites of the Dhofar 489 group [2,3] and Yamato (Y-) 86032 [4], all possibly from the farside highlands, showed some aspects of the farside crust. Nyquist et al. [5] performed Sm-Nd and Ar-Ar studies of pristine ferroan anorthosites (FANs) of the returned Apollo samples and of Dhofar 908 and 489, and discussed implications for lunar crustal history. Nyquist et al. [6] reported initial results of a combined mineralogical/chronological study of the Yamato (Y-) 980318 cumulate eucrite with a conventional Sm-Nd age of 4567 24 Ma and suggested that all eucrites, including cumulate eucrites, crystallized from parental magmas within a short interval following differentiation of their parent body, and most eucrites participated in an event or events in the time interval 4400- 4560 Ma in which many isotopic systems were partially reset. During the foregoing studies, we recognized that variations in mineralogy and chronology of lunar anorthosites are more complex than those of the crustal materials of the HED parent body. In this study, we compared the mineralogies and reflectance spectra of the cumulate eucrites, Y-980433 and 980318, to those of the Dhofar 307 lunar meteorite of the Dhofar 489 group [2]. Here we consider information from these samples to gain a better understanding of the feldspathic farside highlands and the Vesta-like body.

  1. Lunar highland melt rocks - Chemistry, petrology and silicate mineralogy

    Vaniman, D. T.; Papike, J. J.


    A selected suite containing several of the largest samples of lunar highland melt rocks includes impact melt specimens (anorthositic gabbro, low-K Fra Mauro) and volcanic specimens (intermediate-K Fra Mauro). Although previous assumptions of LKFM volcanism have fallen into disfavor, no fatal arguments against this hypothesis have been presented, and the evidence of a possibly 'inherited igneous' olivine-plagioclase cosaturation provides cause for keeping a volcanic LKFM hypothesis viable. Comparisons of silicate mineralogy with melt rock compositions provide information on the specimen's composition and cooling history. Plagioclase-rock compositions can be matched to the experimentally determined equilibria for appropriate samples to identify melt rocks with refractory anorthitic clasts. Olivine-rock compositions indicate that melt rock vitrophyres precipitate anomalously Fe-rich olivine; the cause of this anomaly is not immediately evident. The Al-Ti and Ca-Fe-Mg zonation in pyroxene provide information on relative cooling rates of highland melt rocks, but Cr- and Al-content (where Al-rich low-Ca pyroxene cores are preserved in rapidly cooled samples) can be correlated with composition of the host rock.

  2. Discovery, Mineral Paragenesis and Origin of Wadalite in Meteorites

    Ishii, H A; Krot, A N; Bradley, J P; Keil, K; Nagashima, K; Teslich, N; Jacobsen, B; Yin, Q


    The mineral wadalite (ideal and simplified formula: Ca{sub 6}Al{sub 5}Si{sub 2}O{sub 16}Cl{sub 3}) has been discovered for the first time in a meteorite, specifically in the coarse-grained, igneous Type B calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) from the CV carbonaceous chondrite Allende. We report the results of electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses of wadalite-bearing assemblages in the Allende CAIs and propose that wadalite formed by metamorphic reaction between akermanitic melilite and anorthite, likely mediated by chlorine-bearing fluids. Petrographic relationships support the likelihood of multistage alterations by fluids of different chemistries interspersed or coinciding with thermal metamorphic episodes on the Allende parent asteroid. Fluid involvement in metamorphism of Allende CAIs implies that these objects experienced open-system alteration after accretion into the CV chondrite parent asteroid which may have resulted in disturbances of their oxygen- and magnesium-isotope systematics.

  3. Upgrading of High-Aluminum Hematite-Limonite Ore by High Temperature Reduction-Wet Magnetic Separation Process

    Xianlin Zhou


    Full Text Available The huge consumption of iron ores in China has attracted much attention to utilizing low grade complex iron resources, such as high-aluminum hematite-limonite ore, which is a refractory resource and difficult to upgrade by traditional physical concentration processes due to the superfine size and close dissemination of iron minerals with gangue minerals. An innovative technology for a high temperature reduction-magnetic separation process was studied to upgrade a high-aluminum iron ore assaying 41.92% Fetotal, 13.74% Al2O3 and 13.96% SiO2. The optimized results show that the final metal iron powder, assaying 90.46% Fetotal, was manufactured at an overall iron recovery of 90.25% under conditions as follows: balling the high aluminum iron ore with 15% coal blended and at 0.3 basicity, reducing the dried pellets at 1350 °C for 25 min with a total C/Fe mass ratio of 1.0, grinding the reduced pellets up to 95%, passing at 0.074 mm and magnetically separating the ground product in a Davis Tube at a 0.10-T magnetic field intensity. The metal iron powder can be used as the burden for an electric arc furnace (EAF. Meanwhile, the nonmagnetic tailing is suitable to produce ceramic, which mainly consists of anorthite and corundum. An efficient way has been found to utilize high-aluminum iron resources.

  4. Cation Uptake and Allocation by Red Pine Seedlings under Cation-Nutrient Stress in a Column Growth Experiment

    Shi, Zhenqing; Balogh-Brunstad, Zsuzsanna; Grant, Michael R.; Harsh, James B.; Gill, Richard; Thomashow, Linda; Dohnalkova, Alice; Stacks, Daryl; Letourneau, Melissa; Keller, Chester K.


    Background and Aims Plant nutrient uptake is affected by environmental stress, but how plants respond to cation-nutrient stress is poorly understood. We assessed the impact of varying degrees of cation-nutrient limitation on cation uptake in an experimental plant-mineral system. Methods Column experiments, with red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) seedlings growing in sand/mineral mixtures, were conducted for up to nine months under a range of Ca- and K-limited conditions. The Ca and K were supplied from both minerals and nutrient solutions with varying Ca and K concentrations. Results Cation nutrient stress had little impact on carbon allocation after nine months of plant growth and K was the limiting nutrient for biomass production. The Ca/Sr and K/Rb ratio results allowed independent estimation of dissolution incongruency and discrimination against Sr and Rb during cation uptake processes. The fraction of K in biomass from biotite increased with decreasing K supply from nutrient solutions. The mineral anorthite was consistently the major source of Ca, regardless of nutrient treatment. Conclusions Red pine seedlings exploited more mineral K in response to more severe K deficiency. This did not occur for Ca. Plant discrimination factors must be carefully considered to accurately identify nutrient sources using cation tracers.

  5. The Thermal Expansion Of Feldspars

    Hovis, G. L.; Medford, A.; Conlon, M.


    Hovis and others (1) investigated the thermal expansion of natural and synthetic AlSi3 feldspars and demonstrated that the coefficient of thermal expansion (α) decreases significantly, and linearly, with increasing room-temperature volume (VRT). In all such feldspars, therefore, chemical expansion limits thermal expansion. The scope of this work now has been broadened to include plagioclase and Ba-K feldspar crystalline solutions. X-ray powder diffraction data have been collected between room temperature and 925 °C on six plagioclase specimens ranging in composition from anorthite to oligoclase. When combined with thermal expansion data for albite (2,3,4) a steep linear trend of α as a function of VRT emerges, reflecting how small changes in composition dramatically affect expansion behavior. The thermal expansion data for five synthetic Ba-K feldspars ranging in composition from 20 to 100 mole percent celsian, combined with data for pure K-feldspar (3,4), show α-VRT relationships similar in nature to the plagioclase series, but with a slope and intercept different from the latter. Taken as a group all Al2Si2 feldspars, including anorthite and celsian from the present study along with Sr- (5) and Pb-feldspar (6) from other workers, show very limited thermal expansion that, unlike AlSi3 feldspars, has little dependence on the divalent-ion (or M-) site occupant. This apparently is due to the necessitated alternation of Al and Si in the tetrahedral sites of these minerals (7), which in turn locks the tetrahedral framework and makes the M-site occupant nearly irrelevant to expansion behavior. Indeed, in feldspar series with coupled chemical substitution it is the change away from a 1:1 Al:Si ratio that gives feldspars greater freedom to expand. Overall, the relationships among α, chemical composition, and room-temperature volume provide useful predictive tools for estimating feldspar thermal expansion and give insight into the controls of expansion behavior in

  6. Principles of Thermal Expansion in Feldspars

    Hovis, Guy; Medford, Aaron; Conlon, Maricate; Tether, Allison; Romanoski, Anthony


    Following the recent thermal expansion work of Hovis et al. (1) on AlSi3 feldspars, we have investigated the thermal expansion of plagioclase, Ba-K, and Ca-K feldspar crystalline solutions. X-ray powder diffraction data were collected between room temperature and 925 °C on six natural plagioclase specimens ranging in composition from anorthite to oligoclase, the K-exchanged equivalents of these plagioclase specimens, and five synthetic Ba-K feldspars with compositions ranging from 25 to 99 mol % BaAl2Si2O8. The resulting thermal expansion coefficients (α) for volume have been combined with earlier results for end-member Na- and K-feldspars (2,3). Unlike AlSi3 feldspars, Al2Si2 feldspars, including anorthite and celsian from the present study plus Sr- and Pb-feldspar from other workers (4,5), show essentially constant and very limited thermal expansion, regardless of divalent cation size. In the context of structures where the Lowenstein rule (6) requires Al and Si to alternate among tetrahedra, the proximity of bridging Al-O-Si oxygen ions to divalent neighbors (ranging from 0 to 2) produces short Ca-O (or Ba-O) bonds (7,8) that apparently are the result of local charge-balance requirements (9). Gibbs et al. (10) suggest that short bonds such as these have a partially covalent character. This in turn stiffens the structure. Thus, for feldspar series with coupled substitution the change away from a purely divalent M-site occupant gives the substituting (less strongly bonded) monovalent cations increasingly greater influence on thermal expansion. Overall, then, thermal expansion in the feldspar system is well represented on a plot of α against room-temperature volume, where one sees a quadrilateral bounded by data for (A) AlSi3 feldspars whose expansion behavior is controlled largely by the size of the monovalent alkali-site occupant, (B) Al2Si2 feldspars whose expansion is uniformly limited by partially-covalent bonds between divalent M-site occupants and

  7. Unraveling eclogite-facies fluid-rock interaction using thermodynamic modelling and whole-rock experiments: the in-situ eclogitization of metapelites from Val Savenca (Sesia Zone, Western Alps)

    Jentsch, Marie; Tropper, Peter


    -feldspar + plagioclase + sillimanite + quarz were carried out. The experiments were conducted using H2O-NaCl fluids at 600°C and 2 GPa for 2-4 days. The fluids had the compositions X(H2O) = 1.0, 0.9, 0.8 and 0.7. Oxygen fugacity was either unbuffered or buffered at NNO in the experiments. The results clearly show increasing reaction progress with increasing salinity in the fluid. Biotite breaks down in the experiments along the reaction: 3anorthite + 2K-feldspar + phlogopite + H2O = 3diopside + 3muscovite. Clinopyroxene composition also changes as a function of NaCl content in the fluid. Omphacite core forms in the experiments at X(H2O) = 1, in all other experiments, only jadeite occurs. Lack of continuous omphacite growth occurs since the anorthite component of plagioclase goes readily into solution, thus producing zoisite needles only upon quench. These experiments so far show that the biotite breakdown reaction is similar to the one observed in the natural samples and that brines highly effective promote reaction progress in subduction zone processes. DE CAPITANI & PETRAKAKIS, K. (2010): American Mineralogist, 95, 1006-1016.

  8. A preliminary evaluation of volcanic rock powder for application in agriculture as soil a remineralizer

    Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of volcanic rock residue, from a crushing plant in the Nova Prata Mining District, State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Brazil, in this work named rock powder, were investigated in view of its potential application as soil ammendment in agriculture. Abaut 52,400 m3 of mining waste is generated annually in the city of Nova Prata without a proper disposal. The nutrients potentially available to plants were evaluated through leaching laboratory tests. Nutrient leaching tests were performed in Milli-Q water; citric acid solution 1% and 2% (AC); and oxalic acid solution 1% and 5% (AO). The bulk and leachable contents of 57 elements were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). Mining waste were made up by CaO, K2O, SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, and P2O5. The analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the major occurence of quartz, anorthite, cristobalite, sanidine, and augite. The water leachable concentrations of all elements studied were lower than 1.0 mg/kg, indicating their low solubility. Leaching tests in acidic media yield larger leachable fractions for all elements being studied are in the leachate of the AO 1%. These date usefulness of volcanic rock powder as potential natural fertilizer in agriculture in the mining district in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers. - Highlights: • Volcanic rock powder as fertilizer in agriculture • Volcanic rock powder as a source of nutrients to plants • This technology may favor the use of volcanic rock in agriculture

  9. Effects of Al/Si ordering on feldspar dissolution: Part II. The pH dependence of plagioclases' dissolution rates

    Yang, Yi; Min, Yujia; Jun, Young-Shin


    The rate of mineral dissolution in an aquatic environment is sensitive to the pH of the contacting solution. The pH dependence of mineral dissolution rate has been interpreted by the Transition State Theory-Surface Complexation Model (TST-SCM) formalism in terms of pH-sensitive variability in surface chemistry. In this study, we provide an alternative interpretation for the experimentally observed nonlinear pH dependence of feldspar dissolution rates. The interpretation is based on a new formalism for feldspar dissolution which, while compatible with the TST-SCM formalism, incorporates the effects of both surface chemistry and bulk chemistry on feldspar dissolution into the quantification of dissolution rate. The pH dependence of dissolution rate varies from one feldspar specimen to another because different TOT linkages within one solid matrix can respond differently to the attack of proton. Our results suggest that the pH dependence of feldspar dissolution rate is not a constant in general, and could be affected by pH, substitutional Al/Si ordering, chemical composition of the specimen, and the relative rapidness of linkage hydrolysis according to different mechanisms. The rate law proposed in this study is able to capture the experimentally observed pH dependence of the dissolution rates of a series of plagioclases, including albite, andesine, labradorite, bytownite, and anorthite. The effectiveness of the newly proposed formalism for feldspar dissolution, hence, suggests that dissolution reactions of minerals are combinations of surface renewal and heterogeneous chemical reactions. The currently widely used TST-SCM-based rate laws can be further improved by taking into account the effects of bulk chemistry and surface renewal in the prediction of mineral dissolution rates. An improved formalism for mineral dissolution will be mineral-specific, and will reflect the effects of the temporal decay in the availability of reactive surface sites as well as the

  10. Remobilization of granitoid rocks through mafic recharge: evidence from basalt-trachyte mingling and hybridization in the Manori-Gorai area, Mumbai, Deccan Traps

    Zellmer, Georg F.; Sheth, Hetu C.; Iizuka, Yoshiyuki; Lai, Yi-Jen


    Products of contrasting mingled magmas are widespread in volcanoes and intrusions. Subvolcanic trachyte intrusions hosting mafic enclaves crop out in the Manori-Gorai area of Mumbai in the Deccan Traps. The petrogenetic processes that produced these rocks are investigated here with field data, petrography, mineral chemistry, and whole rock major, trace, and Pb isotope chemistry. Local hybridization has occurred and has produced intermediate rocks such as a trachyandesitic dyke. Feldspar crystals have complex textures and an unusually wide range in chemical composition. Crystals from the trachytes cover the alkali feldspar compositional range and include plagioclase crystals with anorthite contents up to An47. Crystals from the mafic enclaves are dominated by plagioclase An72-90, but contain inclusions of orthoclase and other feldspars covering the entire compositional range sampled in the trachytes. Feldspars from the hybridized trachyandesitic dyke yield mineral compositions of An80-86, An47-54, Ab94-99, Or45-60, and Or96-98, all sampled within individual phenocrysts. We show that these compositional features are consistent with partial melting of granitoid rocks by influx of mafic magmas, followed by magma mixing and hybridization of the partial melts with the mafic melts, which broadly explains the observed bulk rock major and trace element variations. However, heterogeneities in Pb isotopic compositions of trachytes are observed on the scale of individual outcrops, likely reflecting initial variations in the isotopic compositions of the involved source rocks. The combined data point to one or more shallow-level trachytic magma chambers disturbed by multiple injections of trachytic, porphyritic alkali basaltic, and variably hybridized magmas.

  11. Geochemistry of ultra-fine and nano-compounds in coal gasification ashes: A synoptic view

    Kronbauer, Marcio A. [Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais em Mineração, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro, 92010-000 Canoas, RS (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Escola de Engenharia, Departamento de Metalurgia, Centro de Tecnologia, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500, Bairro Agronomia, CEP: 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Izquierdo, Maria [School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL (United Kingdom); Dai, Shifeng [State Key Laboratory of Coal Resources and Safe Mining, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Waanders, Frans B. [School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North West University (Potchefstroom campus), Potchefstroom 2531 (South Africa); Wagner, Nicola J. [School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Mastalerz, Maria [Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-2208 (United States); Hower, James C. [University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, 2540 Research Park Drive, Lexington, KY 40511 (United States); Oliveira, Marcos L.S. [Environmental Science and Nanotechnology Department, Catarinense Institute of Environmental Research and Human Development, IPADHC, Capivari de Baixo, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Taffarel, Silvio R.; Bizani, Delmar [Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais em Mineração, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro, 92010-000 Canoas, RS (Brazil); and others


    The nano-mineralogy, petrology, and chemistry of coal gasification products have not been studied as extensively as the products of the more widely used pulverized-coal combustion. The solid residues from the gasification of a low- to medium-sulfur, inertinite-rich, volatile A bituminous coal, and a high sulfur, vitrinite-rich, volatile C bituminous coal were investigated. Multifaceted chemical characterization by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, petrology, FE-SEM/EDS, and HR-TEM/SEAD/FFT/EDS provided an in-depth understanding of coal gasification ash-forming processes. The petrology of the residues generally reflected the rank and maceral composition of the feed coals, with the higher rank, high-inertinite coal having anisotropic carbons and inertinite in the residue, and the lower rank coal-derived residue containing isotropic carbons. The feed coal chemistry determines the mineralogy of the non-glass, non-carbon portions of the residues, with the proportions of CaCO{sub 3} versus Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} determining the tendency towards the neoformation of anorthite versus mullite, respectively. Electron beam studies showed the presence of a number of potentially hazardous elements in nanoparticles. Some of the neoformed ultra-fine/nano-minerals found in the coal ashes are the same as those commonly associated with oxidation/transformation of sulfides and sulfates. - Highlights: • Coal waste geochemisty can provide increased environmental information in coal-mining areas. • Oxidation is the major process for mineral transformation in coal ashes. • The electron bean methodology has been applied to investigate neoformed minerals.

  12. Elaboration of new ceramic composites containing glass fibre production wastes

    Two main by-products or waste from the production of glass fibre are following: sewage sludge containing montmorillonite clay as sorbent material and ca 50 % of organic matter as well as waste glass from aluminium borosilicate glass fibre with relatively high softening temperature (> 600 degree centigrade). In order to elaborate different new ceramic products (porous or dense composites) the mentioned by-products and illicit clay from two different layers of Apriki deposit (Latvia) with illite content in clay fraction up to 80-90 % was used as a matrix. The raw materials were investigated by differential-thermal (DTA) and XRD analysis. Ternary compositions were prepared from mixtures of 15 - 35 wt % of sludge, 20 wt % of waste glass and 45 - 65 wt % of clay and the pressed green bodies were thermally treated in sintering temperature range from 1080 to 1120 degree centigrade in different treatment conditions. Materials produced in temperature range 1090 - 1100 degree centigrade with the most optimal properties - porosity 38 - 52 %, water absorption 39 - 47 % and bulk density 1.35 - 1.67 g/cm3 were selected for production of porous ceramics and materials showing porosity 0.35 - 1.1 %, water absorption 0.7 - 2.6 % and bulk density 2.1 - 2.3 g/cm3 - for dense ceramic composites. Obtained results indicated that incorporation up to 25 wt % of sewage sludge is beneficial for production of both ceramic products and glass-ceramic composites according to the technological properties. Structural analysis of elaborated composite materials was performed by scanning electron microscopy(SEM). By X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) the quartz, diopside and anorthite crystalline phases were detected. (Author) 16 refs.

  13. Regional and local correlations of feldspar geochemistry of the Peach Spring Tuff, Alvord Mountain, California

    Buesch, David C.


    The chemical composition of feldspar grains in an ignimbrite from the Spanish Canyon Formation in the Alvord Mountain area, California, have been used to confirm similarities in three measured sections locally, and they are similar to exposures of the Peach Spring Tuff (PST) regionally. Feldspar grains were identified on the basis of texture (zoning, as mantled feldspars, or in crystal clusters), whether the grains were attached to glass or were in pumice clasts, or were simply crystal fragments with no textural context. Chemistry was determined by electron microprobe analysis, and each analysis is calculated in terms of the percent endmember and plotted on orthoclase (Or) versus anorthite (An) plots. In general, the PST has sanidine and plagioclase compositions that are consistent with having formed in high-silica rhyolite and trachyte within a zoned magma chamber. Feldspars from the PST in Spanish Canyon area cluster along the rhyolitic trend with no grains along the trachytic trend. Similar clustering of feldspars along the rhyolitic trend with no grains along the trachytic trend also occur in the PST from Granite Spring and Providence Mountains to the east of the Alvord Mountain area, and the ranges in compositions are also similar in these locations. In contrast, the PST in the Kane Wash area of the Newberry Mountains has feldspars only from the rhyolitic trend in the basal deposits, but some grains from the trachytic trend are in the upper part of the deposit, and the range in compositions are greater than in the Spanish Canyon area. The variations in vertical compositional zoning and compositional range in these different deposits suggests there were probably different flow paths (or timing of the delivery) during the eruption and runout of the pyroclastic flow(s) generated from the climactic eruption of the PST magma chamber.

  14. Petrology and geochemistry of feldspathic impact-melt breccia Abar al' Uj 012, the first lunar meteorite from Saudi Arabia

    MéSzáRos, Marianna; Hofmann, Beda A.; Lanari, Pierre; Korotev, Randy L.; Gnos, Edwin; Greber, Nicolas D.; Leya, Ingo; Greenwood, Richard C.; Jull, A. J. Timothy; Al-Wagdani, Khalid; Mahjoub, Ayman; Al-Solami, Abdulaziz A.; Habibullah, Siddiq N.


    Abar al' Uj (AaU) 012 is a clast-rich, vesicular impact-melt (IM) breccia, composed of lithic and mineral clasts set in a very fine-grained and well-crystallized matrix. It is a typical feldspathic lunar meteorite, most likely originating from the lunar farside. Bulk composition (31.0 wt% Al2O3, 3.85 wt% FeO) is close to the mean of feldspathic lunar meteorites and Apollo FAN-suite rocks. The low concentration of incompatible trace elements (0.39 ppm Th, 0.13 ppm U) reflects the absence of a significant KREEP component. Plagioclase is highly anorthitic with a mean of An96.9Ab3.0Or0.1. Bulk rock Mg# is 63 and molar FeO/MnO is 76. The terrestrial age of the meteorite is 33.4 ± 5.2 kyr. AaU 012 contains a ~1.4 × 1.5 mm2 exotic clast different from the lithic clast population which is dominated by clasts of anorthosite breccias. Bulk composition and presence of relatively large vesicles indicate that the clast was most probably formed by an impact into a precursor having nonmare igneous origin most likely related to the rare alkali-suite rocks. The IM clast is mainly composed of clinopyroxenes, contains a significant amount of cristobalite (9.0 vol%), and has a microcrystalline mesostasis. Although the clast shows similarities in texture and modal mineral abundances with some Apollo pigeonite basalts, it has lower FeO and higher SiO2 than any mare basalt. It also has higher FeO and lower Al2O3 than rocks from the FAN- or Mg-suite. Its lower Mg# (59) compared to Mg-suite rocks also excludes a relationship with these types of lunar material.

  15. Influence of ash composition on the sintering behavior during pressurized combustion and gasification process

    Ni-jie JING; Qin-hui WANG; Yu-kun YANG; Le-ming CHENG; Zhong-yang LUO; Ke-fa CEN


    To determine the ash characteristics during fluidized bed combustion and gasification purposes,the investigation of the impacts of chemical composition of Jincheng coal ash on the sintering temperature was conducted.A series of experiments on the sintering behavior at 0.5 MPa was performed using the pressurized pressure-drop technique in the combustion and gasification atmospheres.Meanwhile,the mineral transformations of sintered ash pellets were observed using X-ray diffractometer (XRD) analyzer to better understand the experimental results.In addition,quantitative XRD and field emission scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (FE-SEM/EDS) analyses of ash samples were used for clarifying the detailed ash melting mechanism.These results show that the addition of Fe2O3 can obviously reduce the sintering temperatures under gasification atmospheres,and only affect a little the sintering temperature under combustion atmosphere.This may be due to the presence of iron-bearing minerals,which will react with other ash compositions to produce low-melting-point eutectics.The FE-SEM/EDS analyses of ash samples with Fe2O3 additive show consistent results with the XRD measurements.The CaO and Na2O can reduce the sintering temperatures under both the combustion and gasification atmospheres.This can be also contributed to the formation of low-melting-point eutectics,decreasing the sintering temperature.Moreover,the fluxing minerals,such as magnetite,anhydrite,muscovite,albite and nepheline,contribute mostly to the reduction of the sintering temperature while the feldspar minerals,such as anorthite,gehlenite and sanidine,can react with other minerals to produce low-melting-point eutectics,and thereby reduce the sintering temperatures.

  16. Petrology of Anomalous Eucrites

    Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Peng, Z. X.; Ross, D. K.


    Most mafic achondrites can be broadly categorized as being "eucritic", that is, they are composed of a ferroan low-Ca clinopyroxene, high-Ca plagioclase and a silica phase. They are petrologically distinct from angritic basalts, which are composed of high-Ca, Al-Ti-rich clinopyroxene, Carich olivine, nearly pure anorthite and kirschsteinite, or from what might be called brachinitic basalts, which are composed of ferroan orthopyroxene and high-Ca clinopyroxene, intermediate-Ca plagioclase and ferroan olivine. Because of their similar mineralogy and composition, eucrite-like mafic achondrites formed on compositionally similar asteroids under similar conditions of temperature, pressure and oxygen fugacity. Some of them have distinctive isotopic compositions and petrologic characteristics that demonstrate formation on asteroids different from the parent of the HED clan (e.g., Ibitira, Northwest Africa (NWA) 011). Others show smaller oxygen isotopic distinctions but are otherwise petrologically and compositionally indistinguishable from basaltic eucrites (e.g., Pasamonte, Pecora Escarpment (PCA) 91007). The degree of uniformity in delta O-17 of eucrites and diogenites is one piece of evidence considered to favor of a magma-ocean scenario for their petrogenesis. Given that the O isotopic differences separating Pasamonte and PCA 91007 from other eucrites are small, and that there is an absence of other distinguishing characteristics, a legitimate question is: Did the HED parent asteroid fail to homogenize via a magma-ocean stage, thus explaining outliers like Pasamonte? We are initiating a program of study of anomalous eucrite-like achondrites as one part of our effort to seek a resolution of this issue. Here we present preliminary petrologic information on Asuka (A-) 881394, Elephant Moraine (EET) 87520 and EET 87542. We will have studied several more by conference time.

  17. Feldspathic Meteorites MIL 090034 and 090070: Late Additions to the Lunar Crust

    Nyquist, L. E.; Shirai, N.; Yamaguchi, A.; Shih, C.-Y.; Park, J.; Ebihara, M.


    Our studies of the Miller Range lunar meteorites MIL 090034, 090036, and 090070 show them to be a diverse suite of rocks from the lunar highlands hereafter referred to as MIL 34, MIL 36, and MIL 70, resp. MIL34 and MIL70, the focus of this work, are crystalline melt breccias. Plagioclase compositions in both peak sharply around An96-97. Mg numbers of olivine vary from 58-65 with a few higher values. MIL36 is a regolith breccia. MIL 34 and MIL 70 have some of the highest Al2O3 abundances of lunar highland meteorites, indicating that they have among the largest modal abundances of plagioclase for lunar meteorites. They have lower Sc and Cr abundances than nearly all lunar highland meteorites except Dho 081, Dho 489 and Dho 733. MIL34 and MIL70 also have similar cosmic ray exposure (CRE) ages of approximately 1-2 Ma indicating they are launch paired. (MIL36 has a larger CRE age approximately greater than 70 Ma). Park et al. found a variation in Ar-Ar ages among subsamples of MIL 34 and MIL70, but preferred ages of 3500+/-110 Ma for the "Dark" phase of MIL 34 anorthite and 3520+/-30 Ma for the "Light" phase of MIL70. Bouvier et al. reported a Pb-Pb age of 3894+/-39 Ma for a feldspathic clast of MIL 34 and a similar age for a melt lithology. Here we reexamine the Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic data, which show complexities qualitatively consistent with those of the Ar-Ar and Pb-Pb data. The Sm-Nd data in particular suggest that the feldspathic compositions of MIL 34 and MIL 70 formed during initial lunar geochemical differentiation, and REE modeling suggests a relatively late-stage formation.

  18. Review of stabilities of analcime and some calcium zeolites. [Stilbite, lawsonite, prebnite, laumontite, and wairakite

    Liou, J.G.


    Many laboratory experiments have been performed on the stabilities of analcime, stilbite, laumontite, wairakite, lawsonite and prehnite. Stabilities reported for most experiments in which fluid pressure equals 2 kb total pressure are: stilbite--less than 170/sup 0/C, laumontite--170/sup 0/ to 280/sup 0/C, and wairakite--280/sup 0/ to 385/sup 0/C. These three minerals are stable only below 3 kb fluid pressure. At higher fluid pressures, laumontite breaks down to lawsonite + quartz + H/sub 2/O, and wairakite reacts with H/sub 2/O to form prehnite + montmorillonite + quartz. Analcime + quartz together are stable below 4 kb and 200/sup 0/C. Under conditions where fluid pressure is less than total pressure, the stability fields of these zeolites are encroached by those of blueschist facies and prehnite-pumpellyite facies minerals in the higher pressure region and by those of greenschist facies minerals in the higher temperature region. At lower H/sub 2/O activities caused by dissolved substances, these zeolites would occur at lower P--T conditions than those determined by the experiments. For example, the upper stability temperature of laumontite is about 10/sup 0/C lower in an 0.25 N NaCl solution. Laumontite is stable in the CO/sub 2/-bearing fluid at 1 kb fluid pressure and 260/sup 0/C with maximum mol fraction of CO/sub 2/ of 0.023. At higher CO/sub 2/ contents, calcite + montmorillonite + quartz are stable. The stability data for these zeolites, together with our recent results on the relations of pumpellyite, prehnite-lawsonite, and wairakite-anorthite, permit delineation of the P--T paths for various observed mineral parageneses documented in the literature.

  19. Sedimentation in Magma Chambers: Evidence From the Geochemistry, Microstructure and Crystallography of Troctolite and Gabbro Cumulates, Rum Layered Intrusion, Scotland.

    Lo Ré, F. C.; Cheadle, M. J.; Swapp, S. M.; Coogan, L. A.


    The formation of igneous cumulates remains poorly understood. In particular, petrologists disagree about the relative importance of crystal accumulation by sedimentation or in-situ growth, partly because post-cumulus processes often overprint evidence for the primary mechanism. We address this problem with a detailed geochemical, microstructural and crystallographic study of gabbros and troctolites from the Eastern Layered Series of the Rum Layered Intrusion, NW Scotland. We collected samples, approximately every 50cm, through the complete 11m sequence of foliated gabbros and troctolites from Unit 9. The samples were quantitatively analyzed for crystal shape and size, shape preferred orientation (SPO), crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO), modal mineralogy, and whole rock and mineral chemistry. We present the following results: Within cumulate layers just cm's apart, olivine crystal shape can vary from sub-equant to tabular, and crystal diameter can vary from 1-8mm. This suggests at least one olivine population was derived elsewhere in the magma chamber. Complex anorthite zoning is also consistent with an extended history of plagioclase crystal transport. A one-crystal thick olivine layer between feldspathic layers of differing grain size is interpreted to be a lag deposit. Two possible examples of cross bedding also exist. Taken together, these observations suggest sedimentation was the primary method of crystal accumulation. The data also provide constraints on post-cumulus processes. Complex plagioclase zoning suggests that processes of viscous compaction and/or recrystallization were not extensive. The preservation of magmatic and deformation twins and absence of a polygonal fabric support this conclusion. In addition, the CPO and SPO are the same. Lacking evidence for compaction and recrystallization lead us to believe similar CPO and SPO are the preserved artifact of a sedimentary foliation. Therefore, we conclude the gabbros and troctolites of Unit 9

  20. A preliminary evaluation of volcanic rock powder for application in agriculture as soil a remineralizer

    Ramos, Claudete G., E-mail: [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro, 92010-000 Canoas, RS (Brazil); Querol, Xavier [Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDÆA-CSIC), C/Luis Solé y Sabarís s/n, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Oliveira, Marcos L.S. [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro, 92010-000 Canoas, RS (Brazil); Pires, Karen [Departamento Nacional de Produção Mineral (DNPM), Washington Luiz, 815, Centro, 90010-460 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Kautzmann, Rubens M. [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro, 92010-000 Canoas, RS (Brazil); Oliveira, Luis F.S., E-mail: [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro, 92010-000 Canoas, RS (Brazil)


    Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of volcanic rock residue, from a crushing plant in the Nova Prata Mining District, State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Brazil, in this work named rock powder, were investigated in view of its potential application as soil ammendment in agriculture. Abaut 52,400 m{sup 3} of mining waste is generated annually in the city of Nova Prata without a proper disposal. The nutrients potentially available to plants were evaluated through leaching laboratory tests. Nutrient leaching tests were performed in Milli-Q water; citric acid solution 1% and 2% (AC); and oxalic acid solution 1% and 5% (AO). The bulk and leachable contents of 57 elements were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). Mining waste were made up by CaO, K{sub 2}O, SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and P{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the major occurence of quartz, anorthite, cristobalite, sanidine, and augite. The water leachable concentrations of all elements studied were lower than 1.0 mg/kg, indicating their low solubility. Leaching tests in acidic media yield larger leachable fractions for all elements being studied are in the leachate of the AO 1%. These date usefulness of volcanic rock powder as potential natural fertilizer in agriculture in the mining district in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers. - Highlights: • Volcanic rock powder as fertilizer in agriculture • Volcanic rock powder as a source of nutrients to plants • This technology may favor the use of volcanic rock in agriculture.

  1. Lunar swirls: Far-UV characteristics

    Hendrix, A. R.; Greathouse, T. K.; Retherford, K. D.; Mandt, K. E.; Gladstone, G. R.; Kaufmann, D. E.; Hurley, D. M.; Feldman, P. D.; Pryor, W. R.; Stern, S. A.; Cahill, J. T. S.


    Lunar swirls - the enigmatic, magnetically-anomalous regions - are observed for the first time at far-UV (FUV) wavelengths using LRO/LAMP. Swirls in both highlands and mare regions are spectrally relatively red (or less blue) than surrounding terrains, indicating a difference in weathering and/or composition in the swirls vs. non-swirl regions. We compare spectra of the highlands swirl Gerasimovich with mature and immature low-Fe highlands regions as measured by LAMP and show that the swirl itself does not have the spectral characteristics of either the mature or the immature regions. Mature, weathered highlands regions are spectrally blue in the FUV; immature highlands are less blue, especially at wavelengths > ∼160 nm. In contrast, the Gerasimovich swirl is spectrally red at wavelengths > ∼160 nm. We also compare Reiner Gamma, a mare swirl, with mature and immature high-Ti mare regions as measured by LAMP. We find that the mature and immature high-Ti mare regions are spectrally indistinguishable while the Reiner Gamma spectra are less blue at wavelengths > ∼160 nm. We conclude that both swirls (Reiner Gamma and Gerasimovich) are consistent with less mature spectra than the immature terrains studied here, in accordance with the lower amounts of weathering expected in a solar wind standoff scenario. However, the swirl spectra are also consistent with greater abundances of feldspathic material, as we show that anorthite exhibits a characteristic red spectrum at wavelengths > ∼160 nm. Thus, the LAMP data are also consistent with a model wherein compositional sorting occurs at swirls.

  2. Authigenic albite formation due to water-rock interactions - Case study: Magnus oilfield (UK, Northern North Sea)

    Mu, Nana; Fu, Yunjiao; Schulz, Hans-Martin; van Berk, Wolfgang


    It is the aim of this contribution to test whether organic-inorganic interactions could induce the formation of authigenic albite. This concept and related results are being compared with modelling scenarios which are purely based on inorganic geochemical reactions. In order to unravel the pathway of authigenic albite formation, this paper presents results of a multidisciplinary study from imaging, geochemistry, mineralogy, and hydrogeochemical modelling. The Jurassic reservoir sandstones of the Magnus oilfield (UK, North Sea) were chosen as a test site. Albite occurs with 4-18 wt.% in the Magnus sandstones and its contents vary with depth. However, albite contents increase with increasing K-feldspar contents and decreasing grain size. It occurs in three forms: (1) as lamellae in perthite, (2) as overgrowth on/in corroded feldspar, and, (3) as cloudy replacing albite patches in K-feldspar. The albite overgrowth has the highest chemical purity (100% albite) whilst albite lamellae and replacing albite patches are slightly less pure (containing 1-4% anorthite). Albite appears non-altered, and has a euhedral morphology and dull cathodoluminescence. It commonly co-occurs with corroded K-feldspar grains. The precipitation of diagenetic albite in the Magnus sandstones is attributed to deep burial 80 Ma ago and may have continued until today at temperatures between 90-120 °C. The results of hydrogeochemical modelling offer two possible pathways for the authigenic albite formation: (1) Dissolution of unstable minerals (such as kaolinite and chalcedony) coupled to reduction of ferric iron minerals by products generated during oil generation, migration and degradation; (2) Dissolution of non-end member feldspar, such as K-feldspar with 10% albite, coupled to illite formation can account for trace amounts of albite due to an elevated Na+/K+ activity ratio in the pore water.

  3. Charge transport in polycrystalline alumina materials: application to the optimization of dielectric breakdown strength; Transport de charges dans les alumines polycristallines: application a l'optimisation de la rigidite dielectrique

    Touzin, M.


    Dielectric breakdown constitutes an important limitation in the use of insulating materials under high-tension since it leads to the local fusion and the sublimation of material. The microstructure (average grain size, intergranular phase) has a great influence on the ability of material to resist this catastrophic phenomenon. Indeed, the interfaces between the various phases constitute potential sites of trapping for the charges. The optimization of the dielectric breakdown strength of a polycrystalline alumina sintered with a liquid phase passes necessarily through the control of the microstructural parameters. Thus, it is shown that by controlling the conditions of the process (rate of sintering aids, powder grain size and thermal cycle), it is possible to control the density (by the average grain size) but also the nature (by the crystallization or not of anorthite) of the grain boundaries. The study of the influence of these two parameters as well temperature on the properties of charge transport and storage was carried out by methods ICM and SEMME. The results, interpreted in light of the numerical simulation of the charge transport in bulk alumina sample during electron beam irradiation, allowed to highlight behaviors, and the corresponding microstructures, favourable to the dielectric breakdown resistance according to the considered temperature. Thus, at room temperature a high density of interfaces (low grain size and crystallized intergranular phase) makes it possible material to durably trap a great amount of charges, which leads to a high dielectric strength. On the other hand, at higher temperature, the presence of shallow traps (vitreous intergranular phase) supports the charge diffusion and makes it possible to delay breakdown. (author)

  4. Expanding the REE Partitioning Database for Lunar Materials

    Rapp, Jennifer F.; Draper, David S.


    Positive europium anomalies are ubiquitous in the plagioclase-rich rocks of the lunar highlands, and complementary negative Eu anomalies are found in most lunar basalts. This is taken as evidence of a large-scale differentation event, with crystallization of a global-scale lunar magma ocean (LMO) resulting in a plagioclase flotation crust and a mafic lunar interior from which mare basalts were later derived. However, the extent of the Eu anomaly in lunar rocks is variable. Some plagioclase grains in a lunar impact rock (60635) have been reported to display a negative Eu anomaly, or in some cases single grains display both positive and neagtive anomalies. Cathodoluminescence images reveal that some crystals have a negative anomaly in the core and positive at the rim, or vice versa, and the negative anomalies are not associated with crystal overgrowths. Oxygen fugacity is known to affect Eu partitioning into plagioclase, as under low fO2 conditions Eu can be divalent, and has an ionic radius similar to Ca2+ - significant in lunar samples where plagioclase compositions are predominantly anorthitic. However, there are very few experimental studies of rare earth element (REE) partitioning in plagioclase relevant to lunar magmatism, with only two plagioclase DEu measurements from experiments using lunar materials, and little data in low fO2 conditions relevant to the Moon. We report on REE partitioning experiments on lunar compositions. We investigate two lunar basaltic compositions, high-alumina basalt 14072 and impact melt breccia 60635. These samples span a large range of lunar surface bulk compositions. The experiments are carried out at variable fO2 in 1 bar gas mixing furnaces, and REE are analysed by and LA-ICP-MS. Our results not only greatly expand the existing plagioclase DREE database for lunar compositions, but also investigate the significance of fO2 in Eu partitioning, and in the interpretation of Eu anomalies in lunar materials.

  5. Anatexis at the roof of an oceanic magma chamber at IODP Site 1256 (equatorial Pacific): an experimental study

    Erdmann, Martin; Fischer, Lennart A.; France, Lydéric; Zhang, Chao; Godard, Marguerite; Koepke, Jürgen


    Replenished axial melt lenses at fast-spreading mid-oceanic ridges may move upward and intrude into the overlying hydrothermally altered sheeted dikes, resulting in high-grade contact metamorphism with the potential to trigger anatexis in the roof rocks. Assumed products of this process are anatectic melts of felsic composition and granoblastic, two-pyroxene hornfels, representing the residue after partial melting. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expeditions 309, 312, and 335 at Site 1256 (eastern equatorial Pacific) sampled such a fossilized oceanic magma chamber. In this study, we simulated magma chamber roof rock anatectic processes by performing partial melting experiments using six different protoliths from the Site 1256 sheeted dike complex, spanning a lithological range from poorly to strongly altered basalts to partially or fully recrystallized granoblastic hornfels. Results show that extensively altered starting material lacking primary magmatic minerals cannot reproduce the chemistry of natural felsic rocks recovered in ridge environments, especially elements sensitive to hydrothermal alteration (e.g., K, Cl). Natural geochemical trends are reproduced through partial melting of moderately altered basalts from the lower sheeted dikes. Two-pyroxene hornfels, the assumed residue, were reproduced only at low melting degrees (<20 vol%). The overall amphibole absence in the experiments confirms the natural observation that amphibole is not produced during peak metamorphism. Comparing experimental products with the natural equivalents reveals that water activity ( aH2O) was significantly reduced during anatectic processes, mainly based on lower melt aluminum oxide and lower plagioclase anorthite content at lower aH2O. High silica melt at the expected temperature (1000-1050 °C; peak thermal overprint of two-pyroxene hornfels) could only be reproduced in the experimental series performed at aH2O = 0.1.

  6. The roles of fractional crystallization, magma mixing, crystal mush remobilization and volatile-melt interactions in the genesis of a young basalt-peralkaline rhyolite suite, the greater Olkaria volcanic complex, Kenya Rift valley

    Macdonald, R.; Belkin, H.E.; Fitton, J.G.; Rogers, N.W.; Nejbert, K.; Tindle, A.G.; Marshall, A.S.


    The Greater Olkaria Volcanic Complex is a young (???20 ka) multi-centred lava and dome field dominated by the eruption of peralkaline rhyolites. Basaltic and trachytic magmas have been erupted peripherally to the complex and also form, with mugearites and benmoreites, an extensive suite of magmatic inclusions in the rhyolites. The eruptive rocks commonly represent mixed magmas and the magmatic inclusions are themselves two-, three- or four-component mixes. All rock types may carry xenocrysts of alkali feldspar, and less commonly plagioclase, derived from magma mixing and by remobilization of crystal mushes and/or plutonic rocks. Xenoliths in the range gabbro-syenite are common in the lavas and magmatic inclusions, the more salic varieties sometimes containing silicic glass representing partial melts and ranging in composition from anorthite ?? corundum- to acmite-normative. The peralkaline varieties are broadly similar, in major element terms, to the eruptive peralkaline rhyolites. The basalt-trachyte suite formed by a combination of fractional crystallization, magma mixing and resorption of earlier-formed crystals. Matrix glass in metaluminous trachytes has a peralkaline rhyolitic composition, indicating that the eruptive rhyolites may have formed by fractional crystallization of trachyte. Anomalous trace element enrichments (e.g. ??? 2000 ppm Y in a benmoreite) and negative Ce anomalies may have resulted from various Na- and K-enriched fluids evolving from melts of intermediate composition and either being lost from the system or enriched in other parts of the reservoirs. A small group of nepheline-normative, usually peralkaline, magmatic inclusions was formed by fluid transfer between peralkaline rhyolitic and benmoreitic magmas. The plumbing system of the complex consists of several independent reservoirs and conduits, repeatedly recharged by batches of mafic magma, with ubiquitous magma mixing. ?? The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press. All

  7. Trace elements and mineral composition of waste produced in the process of combustion of solid fuels in individual household furnaces in the Upper Silesian Industrial Region (Poland

    Smołka-Danielowska Danuta


    Full Text Available This study presents preliminary research results, with regard to the concentration of chosen trace elements (Mn, Cr, Tl, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, Ba, Pb in waste, which was produced in the process of combustion of solid fuels (hard coal and flotation concentrate of bituminous coal in individual household furnaces in Poland (in the Upper Silesian Industrial Region. 27 samples of ash, 4 samples of hard coal and 2 samples of flotation concentrate of bituminous coal were prepared for the research. Methods such as: ICP-MS, X-ray diffraction by means of the powder method and scanning electron microscopy were used during the research. In the ash samples obtained from the combustion of hard coal, the highest average concentrations were: Mn (1477.7 ppm, Ba (1336.4 ppm and Zn (599.7 ppm. In the samples obtained from the combustion of flotation concentrate of bituminous coal, the highest average concentrations was stated for: Zn (762.4 ppm, Mn (668.5 ppm, Pb (552.1 ppm and Ba (211.7 ppm. Crystalline components were determined by used the X-ray diffraction method and the samples of ash obtained from the combustion of hard coal contained: anhydrite, gypsum, hematite, magnetite, quartz, calcite, mullite, periclase, kaolinite, dolomite, pyrite, sphalerite, galena and feldspars (albite-anorthite. The samples of ash obtained from the combustion of flotation concentrate of bituminous coal contain: pyrite, quartz, potassium feldspar, muscovite and kaolinite. The scanning electron microscope analysis enabled the identification of the chemical composition of single ash grains and determined their morphology (aluminosilicate forms, substance PbS and ZnS, oxides of Ni, Cu and Mn, monazite, xenotime.

  8. Magmatism and metamorphism at the sheeted dyke-gabbro transition zone: new insight from beerbachite from ODP/IODP Hole 1256D and Oman ophiolite

    Python, Marie; Abily, Bénédicte; France, Lydéric


    During IODP Expedition 335, two-pyroxenes bearing granulites (beerbachites) were extensively recovered as drilling cuttings at the gabbro-sheeted dyke transition zone of ODP Hole 1256D (East Pacific Rise, 6°44.163'N, 91°56.061'W). This lithology results from high-temperature metamorphism of previously hydrothermally altered diabases, basalts and/or gabbros; the heat source likely stems from the melt lens located at the top of the magmatic chambers imaged along present-day fast-spreading ridges. This lithology, associated with gabbroic bodies, characterises the transition zone between the sheeted dyke complex and the uppermost gabbroic section and represents the interface between magmatic and hydrothermal convecting systems in an oceanic crust formed at fast-spreading ridges. Samples acquired during IODP Exp. 335 show a particularly high degree of recrystallisation and are characterised by the absence of hydrous phases like amphibole, suggesting very high-T metamorphism. The Beerbachites mineral chemical characteristics are rather homogeneous compared to gabbros or dolerite from the sheeted dyke but pyroxenes Mg#, Ti, Al and Cr contents as well as the anorthite content of plagioclase are closer to gabbro than dolerite. This similarity may be explained by two hypothesis: either beerbachites in Hole 1256D are metamorphosed gabbros, or they underwent a melt-rock reaction process with the gabbros parental magma and were re-equilibrated at high temperature until their mineral composition become similar to that of gabbros. The gabbro-sheeted dyke transition zone in the Oman ophiolite is also outlined by the presence of high grade metamorphic rocks. Fine grained granulites and amphibolites that may be derived from the transformation of altered sheeted dyke diabases are in direct contact with fresh gabbroic and troctolitic bodies which are themselves cross-cut by dolerite dykes. The observation of textures show that high-T recrystallisation occurred in the fine grained

  9. Melt segregation evidence from a young pluton, Takidani Granodiorite (Japan)

    Hartung, Eva; Caricchi, Luca; Floess, David; Wallis, Simon; Harayama, Satoru; Chiaradia, Massimo; Kouzmanov, Kalin


    We are presenting new petrological data from one of the youngest exposed plutons in the world, the Takidani Granodiorite (Japan), which has been suggested as a source for large volume ignimbrites (> 300km3). Takidani Granodiorite (1.54 Ma ± 0.23 Ma) is located within the active Norikura Volcanic Chain in the Northen Japan Alps and has been previously linked to large andesitic (1.76 Ma ± 0.17 Ma) and rhyolitic eruptions (1.75 Ma ± 0.17 Ma). The pluton is vertically zoned and consists of granites (67 to 68 wt.% SiO2) in the lower section, granodiorites (65 to 66 wt.% SiO2) in the middle section, a chemically more evolved fine-grained porphyritic unit (67 to 71 wt.% SiO2) near the roof and a marginal granodiorite at the roof (67 to 68 wt.% SiO2). The porphyritic texture of the more evolved unit near the roof indicates rapid crystallisation, which could be the result of the late intrusion of this unit at the roof of the magmatic system. However, no sharp contact is found between the underlying granodiorite and the porphyritic unit. Instead, a gradual change in rock fabric, whole-rock chemistry and mineralogy is observed suggesting that melt was extracted from the granodiorite. Electron microprobe analyses of plagioclases show three main crystal populations (Type I, II and III) with distinct anorthite and Fe contents. Type I plagioclase (An30‑40) occurs dominantly within the marginal granodiorite at the roof. Type II plagioclase (An40‑45) are common in the granodiorite and porphyritic unit. Type III plagioclase (An45‑50) is predominantly present in the granite. All plagioclase populations share a common sodic rim (An22) across the different units. Takidani Granodiorite rocks are compared to crystallisation experiments from similar magmatic suites. Emplacement conditions of the Takidani Granodiorite are obtained from the latter as well as barometry, thermometry and hygrometry indicating that magmas were ultimately emplaced at around 200 MPa, 850° C to 875° C

  10. Co-magmatic andesite enclaves in the Late Eocene andesites from Recsk, North Hungary: Implication for the magma chamber processes.

    Czuppon, Gy.; Harangi, Sz.


    The eastrenmost occurrences of the Late Eocene-Oligocene Periadriatic magmatism can be found around Recsk, at the northeast Mátra Mts., Northern Hungary. This Late Eocene (37 Ma) igneous body was displaced several hundreds km away from their original position along the Balaton-Darnó line during the Early Miocene when the North Pannonian block escaped from the compressive Alpine regime. It is built up by andesite lava and subvolcanic bodies associating with porphyry copper deposits. The andesites contain numerous igneous enclaves, homogeneously distributed in the lava body. Based on the mineral assemblage, the igneosu inclusions are subdivided in two groups: 1. Type enclave contains hornblende, plagioclase, biotite, whereas 2. Type enclave consists also orthopyroxene. They show various textures from hypidiomorphic granular to pylotaxitic ones. The host andesite contains the same mineral assemblage, but with less mafic minerals. Composition of the mineral phases in the andesite and the inclusions overlaps each other. Plagioclases show various zoning patterns (normal, reverz and oscillatory) and a relatively large range in anorthite content from 40 to 85 mol%. The amphiboles are tschermakites and magnesio-hornblendes, having relatively high mg-number (0.69-0.91). They often show oscillatory zoning, too. The bulk rock compositions of the andesites and the igneous inclusions are induistinguishable from one another. They are medium-K calc-alkaline andesites with trace element characters typical of subduction-related volcanic rocks (high LILE/HFSE ratios, enrichment of LILE). Therefore, the igneous inclusions are cogenetic with the host andesites. The textural features and composition of the mineral phases indicate disequilibrium crystallization in the magma chamber and repeated replenishment of mafic magma batches. We propose that the igneous inclusions could be derived from the crystal-rich mush zone of the andesitic magma chamber. Intrusion of fresh magma could

  11. W-Au skarns in the Neo-Proterozoic Seridó Mobile Belt, Borborema Province in northeastern Brazil: an overview with emphasis on the Bonfim deposit

    Souza Neto, João Adauto; Legrand, Jean Michel; Volfinger, Marcel; Pascal, Marie-Lola; Sonnet, Philippe


    The Seridó Mobile Belt (SMB) is located in the Borborema Province in northeastern Brazil and consists of a gneiss basement (Archean to Paleo-Proterozoic), a metasedimentary sequence (marble, quartzites, and schists), and the Brasiliano igneous suite (both of Neo-Proterozoic age). In this region, skarns occur within marble and at the marble-schist contact in the metasedimentary sequence. Most of the skarn deposits have been discovered in the early 1940s, and since then, they have been exploited for tungsten and locally gold. Recently, the discovery of gold in the Bonfim tungsten skarn has resulted in a better understanding of the skarn mineralization in this region. The main characteristics of the SMB skarns are that they are dominantly oxidized tungsten skarns, with the exception of the Itajubatiba and Bonfim gold-bearing skarns, which are reduced based on pyrrhotite as the dominant sulfide, garnet with high almandine and spessartine component, and elevated gold contents. In the Bonfim deposit, pressure estimates indicate that the skarns formed at 10- to 15-km depth. The mineralized skarns present the prograde stage with almandine, diopside, anorthite, and actinolite-magnesio-hornblende, and titanite, apatite, allanite, zircon, and monazite as accessory minerals. The retrograde stage is characterized by alkali feldspar, clinozoisite-zoisite-sericite, calcite, and quartz. Scheelite occurs in four ore-shoots distributed within the marble and at the marble-schist contact. The main ore body is 5-120 cm wide and contains an average of 4.8-wt.% WO3, which occurs in the basal marble-schist contact. Fold hinges appear to control the location of high-grade scheelite. The late-stage gold mineralization contains bismite (Bi2O3), fluorine-bearing bismite, native bismuth, bismuthinite (Bi2S3), and joseite [Bi4(Te,S)3], and also chlorite, epidote, prehnite, chalcopyrite, and sphalerite. This gold-bismuth-tellurium mineralization exhibits a typical late character and occurs as a

  12. Microstructural constraints on complex thermal histories of refractory CAI-like objects in an amoeboid olivine aggregate from the ALHA77307 CO3.0 chondrite

    Han, Jangmi; Brearley, Adrian J.


    We have carried out a FIB/TEM study of refractory CAI-like objects in one AOA from the ALHA77307 CO3.0 chondrite. The CAI-like objects in the AOA consist of a zoned sequence with a spinel-rich core through an intergrowth layer of spinel and Al-Ti-rich diopside to a diopside rim. The spinel-rich core consists of polycrystalline aggregates of spinel and ±minor melilite showing equilibrated grain boundary textures. The intergrowth layer contains fine-grained diopside and spinel with minor anorthite with highly curved and embayed grain boundaries. The diopside rim consists of polycrystalline aggregates of diopside. The compositions of pyroxene change significantly outward from Al-Ti-rich diopside in contact with the spinel-rich core to Al-Ti-poor diopside next to the surrounding olivine of the AOA. Overall microstructural and chemical characteristics suggest that the spinel-rich core formed under equilibrium conditions whereas the intergrowth layer is the result of reactions that occurred under conditions that departed significantly from equilibrium. The remarkable changes in formation conditions of the CAI-like objects may have been achieved by transport and injection of refractory objects into a region of a partially-condensed, Ca,Ti-saturated gas which reacted with spinel and melilite to form Al-Ti-rich diopside. Crystallographically-oriented TiO2 nanoparticles decorate the grain boundaries between spinel grains and between spinel and Al-Ti-rich diopside grains. During the disequilibrium back-reaction of spinel with a partially-condensed, Ca,Ti-saturated gas, metastable TiO2 nanoparticles may have condensed by an epitaxial nucleation mechanism and grown on the surface of spinel. These TiO2 nanoparticles are disordered intergrowths of the two TiO2 polymorphs, anatase and rutile. These nanoparticles are inferred to have nucleated as anatase that underwent partial transformation into rutile. The local presence of the TiO2 nanoparticles and intergrowth of anatase and

  13. Petrology and geochemistry of eclogites from the Kechros Metamorphic Complex in eastern Rhodope (NE Greece)

    Mposkos, Evripides; Baziotis, Ioannis; Asimow, Paul


    /oligoclase (An22-28) is formed during decompression, and with further decompression anorthite-rich plagioclase (An75-85) is formed replacing margarite+zoisite, indicating isothermal decompression from the maximum pressure down to 0.5 GPa. Isothermal decompression is also documented from the mineral assemblage in associated metapelites (Mposkos, 1989). Two protolith groups are distinguished with geochemical criteria: i) a low-Fe-Ti (LFT) and ii) a high-Fe-Ti (HFT) group. The LFT eclogites (kyanite eclogites) have low TiO2 content (

  14. The Effect of Phase Changes in the Mineralogical Composition of the Inorganic Part of Natural Coals on the Electrical Conductivity of a Colloidal Plasma

    The process of thermal ionization in an aerosol with a dispersed phase consisting of reacting ash particles ( sizes up to 10 μm) was investigated by a conductance method at a diagnostic frequency of 3.77 MHz, with X-ray analysis of the condensed phase reaction products. The aerosol, which at high temperatures forms a colloidal plasma with solid or liquid particles of up to 0.1 μm was heated in Tamman furnace. The dispersion medium was dry nitrogen and the gaseous products (not more than 6%) of the original minerals. All transformations of the minerals forming the dispersed phase of the aerosol occurred between measuring electrodes and were exclusively due to the gas temperature in the furnace and to the particle concentration. A systematic investigation of the aggregate effect of factors such as the initial mineral composition, temperature, concentration, phase transition and agglomeration into slag granules on the conductivity of a colloidal plasma shows that: (1) In systems with a calcite base, with crystallization starting from liquid phase alite(3CaO, SiO2) and undergoing solid state reaction in the posteutectic temperature interval to give gehlenite (2CaO Al2O3, SiO2) and anorthite (CaO Al2O3, 2SiO2), there is a shift of plasma ionization equilibrium with simultaneous cessation of coagulation and aggregation of particles into slag granules (gas temperature ≥ 1900°K, condensed phase concentrations < 1%); (2) The variation of conductivity with temperature is well approximated by an exponential curve for both thermionic emission and 'chemoemission' (ionization mechanisms), which take place when there are changes in the composition of the seed; (3) The appearance of a liquid phase in intermediate stages of the reaction or in the final reaction products brings about an increase in electron absorption rate reducing the plasma conductivity. It is shown that authors who have calculated the conductivity of coal combustion products without taking into account

  15. Structural study of nickel reduction in silicate melts

    Marcq, B.; Galoisy, L.; Libourel, G.; Calas, G.


    Composition of the global Earth has been partially controlled by precursors chemical variability (chondrites) and by primitive earth differentiation processes. In the core, the segregation of a metallic phase (Fe, Ni) and the metal-silicate melt reactions are essential to understand primitive earth differenciation processes. From an industrial point of view, the segregation of a metallic phase from melts is widely used in metallurgy to obtain steel and cast in blast furnaces. Ni2+ bearing glasses, used as snapshot of the corresponding, melts have been synthesized under a controlled oxygen fugacity, in order to understand metal-silicate melts reduction mechanisms. The aim of this study is to follow Ni2+ environment, as a function of reduction. The methods used, optical absorption spectroscopy, EXAFS and XANES, precisely describe the sites occupied by Ni2+ in the glass. Reduction experiments were performed between 1350^oC and 1365^oC using a composition close to the anorthite-diopside system eutectic (49% SiO_2, 22% CaO, 19% Al_2O_3, 9% MgO in weight percent) with 1% NiO. A wide range of oxygen fugacities has been used, from 6.5 (Ni +1/2 O_2 NiO buffer value at 1350^oC, 1atm) to 13 (beyond Iron-Wustite buffer) with duration going from 15 min to 24 hours. Effect of Fe content and pressure are not taken into account in the present study, as it would result in a multiplication of parameters, making results more difficult to interpret. Optical spectroscopy shows that Ni2+, is mainly 5- and 4-coordinated in the initial composition (^5[Ni]/^4[Ni]=7,14). Optical spectra shows an important evolution with reduction, indicating that modifications occurs in the glass structure around Ni2+. ^5[Ni]/^4[Ni] ratio decrease with oxygen fugacity. The apparition of metallic Ni in the glass is not the only origin of the varitation of the optical spectra. EXAF and XANES data, showing a strong evolution with the glass reduction, will be also discussed.

  16. To the origin of Icelandic rhyolites: insights from partially melted leucocratic xenoliths

    Gurenko, Andrey A.; Bindeman, Ilya N.; Sigurdsson, Ingvar A.


    We have studied glass-bearing leucocratic (granitic to Qz-monzonitic) crustal xenoliths from the Tindfjöll Pleistocene volcanic complex, SW Iceland. The xenoliths consist of strongly resorbed relicts of anorthitic plagioclase, K-rich feldspar and rounded quartz in colorless through pale to dark-brown interstitial glass. Spongy clinopyroxene and/or rounded or elongated crystals of orthopyroxene are in subordinate amount. Magnetite, ilmenite, zircon, apatite, allanite and/or chevkinite are accessory minerals. The xenoliths more likely are relicts of earlier-formed, partially melted Si-rich rocks or quartz-feldspar-rich crystal segregations, which suffered latter interaction with hotter and more primitive magma(s). Icelandic lavas are typically low in δ 18O compared to mantle-derived, "MORB"-like rocks (~5.6 ± 0.2 ‰), likely due to their interaction with, or contamination by, the upper-crustal rocks affected by rain and glacial melt waters. Surprisingly, many quartz and feldspar crystals and associated colorless to light-colored interstitial glasses of the studied xenoliths are not low but high in δ 18O (5.1-7.2 ‰, excluding three dark-brown glasses of 4-5 ‰). The xenoliths contain abundant, low- to high- δ 18O (2.4-6.3 ‰) young zircons (U-Pb age 0.2-0.27 ± 0.03 Ma; U-Th age 0.16 ± 0.07 Ma), most of them in oxygen isotope equilibrium with interstitial glasses. The δ 18O values >5.6 ‰ recorded in the coexisting zircon, quartz, feldspar and colorless interstitial glass suggest crystallization from melts produced by fusion of crustal rocks altered by seawater, also reflecting multiple melting and crystallization events. This suggests that "normal"- δ 18O silicic magmas may not be ultimately produced by crystallization of mafic, basaltic magmas. Instead, our new single-crystal laser fluorination and ion microprobe O-isotope data suggest addition of diverse partial crustal melts, probably originated from variously altered and preconditioned crust.

  17. Mineral chemistry of Pangidi basalt flows from Andhra Pradesh

    P V Nageswara Rao; P C Swaroop; Syed Karimulla


    This paper elucidates the compositional studies on clinopyroxene, plagioclase, titaniferous magnetite and ilmenite of basalts of Pangidi area to understand the geothermometry and oxybarometry conditions. Petrographic evidence and anorthite content (up to 85%) of plagioclase and temperature estimates of clinopyroxene indicate that the clinopyroxene is crystallized later than or together with plagioclase. The higher An content indicates that the parent magma is tholeiitic composition. The equilibration temperatures of clinopyroxene (1110–1190°C) and titaniferous magnetite and ilmenite coexisting mineral phases (1063–1103°C) are almost similar in lower basalt flow and it is higher for clinopyroxene (900–1110°C) when compared to titaniferous magnetite and ilmenite coexisting mineral phases (748–898°C) in middle and upper basalt flows. From this it can be inferred that the clinopyroxene is crystallized earlier than Fe–Ti oxide phases reequilibration, which indicates that the clinopyroxene temperature is the approximate eruption temperature of the present lava flows. The wide range of temperatures (900–1190°C) attained by clinopyroxene may point out that the equilibration of clinopyroxene crystals initiated from depth till closer to the surface before the melt erupted. Pangidi basalts follow the QFM buffer curve which indicates the more evolved tholeiitic composition. This suggests the parent tholeiitic magma suffered limited fractionation at high temperature under increasing oxygen fugacity in lower basalt flow and more fractionation at medium to lower temperatures under decreasing oxygen fugacity conditions during cooling of middle and upper basalt flows. The variation of oxygen fugacity indicates the oxidizing conditions for lower basalt flow (9.48–10.3) and extremely reducing conditions for middle (12.1–15.5) and upper basalt (12.4–15.54) flows prevailed at the time of cooling. Temperature vs. (FeO+Fe2O3)/(FeO+Fe2O3+MgO) data plots for present

  18. The origin of layered gabbros from the mid lower ocean crust, Hess Deep, East Pacific Rise

    Cheadle, M. J.; Brown, T. C.; Ceuleneer, G.; Meyer, R.


    IODP Exp. 345 Holes U1415 I & J cored a ~30m thick unit of conspicuously layered gabbroic rocks from the lower plutonic crust at Hess Deep. These rocks likely come from >1500m below the dike gabbro transition and thus provide an unique opportunity to study the origin of layering and the formation of relatively deep, fast spread plutonic crust formed at the EPR. Here we report the initial results of a comprehensive high-resolution petrologic, geochemical and petrographic study of this unit, which focuses on a fairly continuous 1.5m long section recovered at Hole I. The rocks consist of opx-bearing olivine gabbro, olivine gabbro and gabbro and exhibit 1-10cm scale modal layering. Some layers host spectacular 2-3 cm diameter cpx oikocrysts encapsulating partially resorbed plagioclase laths. Downhole variations in mineral chemistry are complicated. Olivine, cpx and opx Mg#'s partly reflect equilibration and show a subtle metre-scale variation (1-2 Mg#), whereas, for example, plagioclase anorthite, and cpx TiO2 contents reveal a more complicated 10-20 cm-scale variation (2-4 An, and 0.2 TiO2). Mineral zonation, for all but Mg# in equilibrated olivine, is of higher magnitude than downhole variations in average mineral compositions. Trace element geochemistry reveals rather homogeneous plagioclase and opx compositions; however cpx exhibits variation at the mineral scale. Cpx shows an increased range of, and highest REE concentrations, in the more olivine rich, near cotectic, composition gabbros, whereas the more plagioclase rich, cumulates show no variation of, and low REE, concentrations.Plagioclase fabrics are moderate to weak and partially modally controlled, but the strength of the plagioclase crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) varies dramatically, within the 1.5m core showing a significant part of the variation recorded by Oman ophiolite plutonic crust. Plagioclase shape preferred orientation and CPO match well suggesting that diffusion enabled compaction

  19. What Are the Time Scales for Carbonate Mineral Sequestration in the Subsurface?

    Steefel, C. I.; Landrot, G.; Bolton, E. W.; Pride, S. R.


    Mineral trapping of CO2 in the subsurface is acknowledged to be the most secure form of sequestration, but some studies have suggested that the process is extremely slow, perhaps on the order of 10,000 years or more. But what are the arguments for these long time scales based on? Certainly part of it has to do with the slow dissolution rates of silicates needed to provide a source of cations (Ca2+, Mg2+, and Fe2+) and alkalinity for carbonate precipitation. Rates of dissolution for many silicates are very slow (e.g., albitic plagioclase and chlorite), while other silicate minerals (anorthitic feldspar, olivine) dissolve appreciably faster. Determining which mineral is rate-limiting in the case of the faster dissolving silicates (is it the dissolving silicate or precipitating carbonate?), however, is not always straightforward without a careful analysis of dissolution and precipitation as a coupled process. We use micro-continuum modeling to address the issue of time scales for carbonate mineral trapping of CO2. Two sets of simulations have been carried out: 1) largely generic simulations at the centimeter scale that include heterogeneous distributions of both residually trapped scCO2 and reactive mineral phases (Ca-bearing plagioclase and chlorite), and 2) flow plus diffusion and pure diffusion simulations of the reactivity of a reservoir sandstone from a scCO2 pilot injection site at Cranfield, Mississippi. The first set of simulations are designed specifically to examine the assumption that the reservoir within which carbonate mineral precipitation might occur is well-mixed and therefore characterized everywhere by the low pH values typical of brine in equilibrium with supercritical CO2. Our analysis of physically and chemically heterogeneous subsurface materials, especially during the residual trapping stage, suggest that local chemical microenvironments can develop in which pH, alkalinity, and cation concentrations rise sufficiently high that substantial

  20. Caracterização mineralógica de azulejos de Salvador e Belém dos séculos XVI, XVII e XIX

    Thais A. B. Caminha Sanjad


    Full Text Available O presente artigo trata da caracterização da composição mineralógica de azulejos antigos pertencentes aos séculos XVI, XVII e XIX, coletados em Salvador e Belém, visando à identificação da sua provável matéria-prima e a possível temperatura de queima. Quartzo foi identificado em todas as amostras. As demais fases cristalinas encontradas foram: mullita, cristobalita, calcita, anortita, hematita, gehlenita, diopsídio e wollastonita. Foi possível dividir as amostras em três grupos, em função da possível matéria-prima e temperatura de queima: grupo 1 - caulinita e quartzo, T entre 1200º e 1728º C; grupo 2 - quartzo, caulinita, calcita e/ou dolomita e óxido ou hidróxido de ferro, T entre 900º e 1200ºC; grupo 3 - quartzo, argilominerais (provavelmente caulinita, calcita e/ou dolomita e hidróxido ou óxido de ferro, T entre 1200º e 1565º C.The present article is a study about the mineralogical composition of ancient tiles from centuries XVI, XVII and XIX, found in Belém and Salvador, in order to interpret the possible raw material and burning temperature. Quartz was identified in all samples. Other crystalline phases found are mullite, cristobalite, calcite, anorthite, hematite, gehlenite, diopside and wollastonite. Based on the probable raw material and probable burning temperature it was possible to organize the samples into three groups: group 1 - kaolinite and quartz, T between 1200º and 1728º C; group 2 - kaolinite, calcite and/or dolomite and iron oxide or hydroxide, T between 900º e 1200ºC; group 3 - quartz, clay minerals (probably kaolinite, calcite and/or dolomite, iron oxide or hydroxide, and T between 1200º e 1565º C.

  1. Traces of the heritage arising from the Macelj sandstone

    Golež, Mateja


    The landscape of Southeast Slovenia and its stone heritage principally reveal itself through various Miocene sandstones. The most frequently found type on the borderline between Slovenia and Croatia, i.e. east of Rogatec, is the micaceous-quartz Macelj sandstone. This rock ranges in colour from greenish grey to bluish grey and yellowish, depending on the content of glauconite, which colours it green. In its composition, the rock is a heterogeneous mixture of grains of quartz, dolomite, muscovite, microcline, anorthite and glauconite. The average size of grains is 300μm. In cross-section, they are oblong, semi-rounded or round. The mechanical-physical and durability properties of the Macelj sandstone, which have been characterised pursuant to the applicable standards for natural stone, reveal that the rock exhibits poor resistance to active substances from the atmosphere, particularly in the presence of salt. In the surroundings of Rogatec, there are around 45 abandoned quarries of the Macelj sandstone, which are the result of the exploitation of this mineral resource from the 17th century on. The local quarrymen earned their bread until 1957, when the Kambrus quarry industry closed down. From the original use of this mineral resource as construction and decorative material, the useful value of the Macelj sandstone expanded during the development of the metals industry to the manufacture of large and small grindstones for the needs of the domestic and international market. Therefore, traces of quarrying can not only be seen in the disused quarries, but also in the rich architectural heritage of Rogatec and its surroundings, the stone furniture - from portals, window frames, wells, various troughs, pavements to stone walls - and other. The living quarrying heritage slowly passed into oblivion after World War II, although the analysis of the social image of the people residing in Rogatec and its surroundings revealed that there was an average of one stonemason in

  2. Formation Mechanism of SiO2-Type Inclusions in Si-Mn-Killed Steel Wires Containing Limited Aluminum Content

    Wang, Kunpeng; Jiang, Min; Wang, Xinhua; Wang, Ying; Zhao, Haoqian; Cao, Zhanmin


    The origin, formation mechanism, and evolution of SiO2-type inclusions in Si-Mn-killed steel wires were studied by pilot trials with systematical samplings at the refining ladle, casting tundish, as-cast bloom, reheated bloom, and hot-rolled rods. It was found that the inclusions in tundish were well controlled in the low melting point region. By contrast, MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusions in the as-cast bloom were with compositions located in the primary region of SiO2, and most CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MnO inclusions lied in primary phase region of anorthite. Therefore, precipitation of SiO2 particles in MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusions can be easier than in CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MnO inclusions to form dual-phase inclusions in the as-cast bloom. Thermodynamic calculation by the software FactSage 6.4 (CRCT-ThermFact Inc., Montréal, Canada) showed that mass transfer between liquid steel and inclusions resulted in the rise of SiO2 content in inclusions from tundish to as-cast bloom and accelerated the precipitation of pure SiO2 phase in the formed MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusions. As a result, the inclusions characterized by dual-phase structure of pure SiO2 in MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 matrix were observed in both as-cast and reheated blooms. Moreover, the ratio of such dual-phase SiO2-type inclusions witnessed an obvious increase from 0 to 25.4 pct before and after casting, whereas it changed little during the reheating and rolling. Therefore, it can be reasonably concluded that they were mainly formed during casting. Comparing the evolution of the inclusions composition and morphology in as-cast bloom and rolled products, a formation mechanism of the SiO2-type inclusions in wire rods was proposed, which included (1) precipitation of SiO2 in the formed MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusion during casting and (2) solid-phase separation of the undeformed SiO2 precipitation from its softer MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 matrix during multipass rolling.

  3. Storage conditions and evolution of andesitic magma prior to the 1991 95 eruption of Unzen volcano: Constraints from natural samples and phase equilibria experiments

    Botcharnikov, Roman E.; Holtz, Francois; Almeev, Renat R.; Sato, Hiroaki; Behrens, Harald


    The compositions of homogenized melt inclusions trapped in plagioclase (Pl) microphenocrysts (40-200 μm length) from mafic enclaves within dacitic rocks erupted at Unzen volcano in 1991-95 were investigated. The SiO 2 contents of the melt inclusions vary from 58 to 70 wt.% and Pl anorthite content is An 50-70. The stability fields (in terms of temperature and water activity) of natural Pl and coexisting melts from the melt inclusions were estimated from data of phase equilibria experiments performed with a synthetic andesite composition at T = 900-1140 °C, P = 200 MPa, log fO 2 = NNO-2-NNO, and water activity of about 0-1. This composition is representative of the average composition of mafic enclaves from the 1991-95 eruption and nearly identical to the composition of andesitic lavas from 1663 Unzen eruption. The temperatures and H 2O melt concentrations, calculated using the compositions of coexisting Pl and melt inclusions, provide an estimation of the conditions of andesitic magma evolution within the mafic enclaves prior to eruption. The formation of melt inclusions in plagioclase microphenocrysts occurred at a maximum temperature of ~ 1010 ± 35 °C for a melt containing 2 wt.% H 2O and a minimum temperature of ˜ 945 °C ± 30 °C for a melt with ˜ 4 wt.% dissolved H 2O. The compositional range of the melt inclusions indicates that the composition of the mafic enclave was not significantly contaminated by the host magma when inclusions were formed. The difference between concentrations of dissolved S (up to 0.06 wt.%) and Cl (up to 0.05 wt.%) in melt inclusions in Pl of mafic enclaves and concentrations of S (temperature andesitic magma whereas Cl was degassed from the low-temperature silicic magma. The combination of data from melt inclusions and phase equilibria experiments indicates that the mafic end-member magma at Unzen was already partially crystallized and contained significant proportions (20 to 40 wt.%) of Pl and orthopyroxene (Opx) when melt

  4. Biofilm supported increase of chemical weathering and decrease of chemical denudation in pine growth experiments

    Balogh, Z.; Keller, C.; Gill, R. A.


    Vascular plants and associated microbial communities produced biofilm coatings increase weathering by extending contact periods of minerals with low pH liquids. We performed an experiment to isolate the effects of ectomycorrhiza-forming fungi and ectomycorrhiza- helper bacteria on chemical weathering and chemical denudation (i.e. chemical erosion), and their effects on these fluxes in association with red pine as a host. The study was conducted in a growth chamber using sandy growth medium in replicated flow-through columns. Biotite and anorthite supplied Ca, Mg and K. Concentrations of these cations were measured in input and output solutions, in tree biomass and on exchangeable cation sites of the growth medium; then weathering and denudation fluxes were estimated by mass-balance. In addition, mineral surface changes, biofilm cover and microbial attachment to surfaces were investigated with scanning electron microscopy. The column experiment demonstrated that both bacteria and fungi had a large weathering potential for Ca- bearing minerals, but the microbial communities were not able to regulate denudation losses without a vascular host. Chemical weathering and denudation were about equal in each microbe-only treatment. By the second 6 months of the experiment treatment effects became significant for the seedling systems (p<0.005). The ectomycorrhizal treatments produced the greatest weathering and least denudation, but non- ectomycorrhizal seedlings lowered denudation as well. The differences between the fluxes were significant in both ectomycorrhizal and non-ectomycorrhizal treatments, but the ectomycorrhizal treatment difference was larger, while abiotic weathering was less and equaled the abiotic denudation flux. The ability to retard denudation in both ectomycorrhizal and non-ectomycorrhizal treatment was linked to biofilm formation on mineral surfaces. An ectomycorrhizal hyphal network, as part of the biofilm or covered by the biofilm, was apparently able

  5. Genesis of Gabbronorites in Ophiolites%蛇绿岩中辉长苏长岩的成因



    在蛇绿岩的洋壳岩石和地幔岩石单元中通常可见少量的辉长苏长岩脉,其主要特征是含高钙长石以及斜方辉石作为主要的矿物相早先于斜长石结晶。已有的研究表明辉长苏长岩的母岩浆为相对于 MORB 更富水和高硅的钙碱性岩浆。尽管这种含水钙碱性岩浆的形成可能与俯冲过程有关,但是在现今大洋也发现有辉长苏长岩的存在,表明在洋中脊环境也存在有含水钙碱性岩浆的发育。通过对侵入到西藏普兰蛇绿岩地幔橄榄岩中的辉长苏长岩的研究,笔者提出它们可能是遭受海水蛇纹石化的大洋岩石圈地幔重熔而成,其形成过程可能与在洋中脊发育的拆离断层有关。%Gabbrronoritic dykes have been observed in both plutonic and mantle sections of global ophiolites.They are characterized by the occurrence of anorthitic plagioclase and the earlier crystallization of orthopyroxene relative to plagio-clase.Previous studies had suggested that they were derived from ‘calc-alkaline’basaltic melts,i.e.,with higher water and SiO 2 contents than MORB.Although formation of such calc-alkaline basalts had been related to subduction settings, the discovery of gabbronorites in modern oceans supports the existence of calc-alkaline basalts in the mid-ocean ridge set-ting.Mineralogical and petrological compositions of gabbronorites intruding into the mantle peridotites of the Purang ophio-lite (Tibet)had been studied.We proposed that they were formed via re-melting of oceanic mantle that were serpentinized by seawater.Genesis of gabbronorite in the mid-ocean ridge is probably related to the development of detachment fault.

  6. The roles of melt infiltration and cumulate assimilation in the formation of anorthosite and a Cr-spinel seam in the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, NW Scotland

    O'Driscoll, Brian; Donaldson, Colin H.; Daly, J. Stephen; Emeleus, C. Henry


    Thin (~ 2 mm) Cr-spinel seams are present at the bases of several of the coupled peridotite-troctolite units that comprise the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion. In some cases, 'subsidiary' Cr-spinel seams have also developed at between 6 and 12 cm below the unit boundaries. The subsidiary seams are thinner than the normal seams (approx. 1 mm), discontinuous, and occur within and at the base of a thin (~ 10 cm) layer of anorthosite, which is sandwiched between peridotite and troctolite. The troctolite contains cumulus olivine, but in the Cr-spinel seam and anorthosite, olivine is intercumulus only. Cr-spinel is scarce in the troctolite, but common in the anorthosite, where it has a different composition (more Fe-and Cr-rich) and crystal size distribution (CSD) profile to the Cr-spinel in the subsidiary seam, suggesting that it represents a different crystal population. A model involving downward infiltration of hot picrite and resulting troctolitic cumulate assimilation is developed here to explain the subsidiary seams. This is based on petrographic observation, quantitative textural measurement and mineral chemical analyses. It is suggested that as the picritic magma was emplaced, downward percolation of this melt occurred into a troctolite mush. The anorthosite represents a layer of almost completely melted troctolite, formed by growth of high-anorthite zones from the contaminated picrite onto residual cumulus plagioclase. Assimilation of large amounts of the troctolite cumulate mush forced the contaminated picrite onto the olivine-spinel cotectic, leading to Cr-spinel crystallisation. Subsequently, the Cr-spinel crystals in the anorthosite have reacted with intercumulus melt over a wider temperature interval and have gained a more Fe 3+-rich composition than the subsidiary seam Mg- and Al-rich Cr-spinels. It is suggested that the separation of a small fraction of immiscible sulphide liquid in the Cr-spinel seams is the result of locally changing SiO 2 and oxygen

  7. How Rich is Rich? Placing Constraints on the Abundance of Spinel in the Pink Spinel Anorthosite Lithology on the Moon Through Space Weathering

    Gross, J.; Gillis-Davis, J.; Isaacson, P. J.; Le, L.


    previously unknown lunar rock was recently recognized in the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M(sup 3)) visible to near-infrared (VNIR) reflectance spectra. The rock type is rich in Mg-Al spinel (approximately 30%) and plagioclase and contains less than 5% mafic silicate minerals (olivine and pyroxene). The identification of this pink spinel anorthosite (PSA) at the Moscoviense basin has sparked new interest in lunar spinel. Pieters et al. suggested that these PSA deposits might be an important component of the lunar crust. However, Mg-Al spinel is rare in the Apollo and meteorite sample collections (only up to a few wt%), and occurs mostly in troctolites and troctolitic cataclastites. In this study, we are conducting a series of experiments (petrologic and space weathering) to investigate whether deposits of spinel identified by remote sensing are in high concentration (e.g. 30%) or whether the concentrations of spinel in these deposits are more like lunar samples, which contain only a few wt%. To examine the possibility of an impact-melt origin for PSA, conducted 1-bar crystallization experiments on rock compositions similar to pink spinel troctolite 65785. The VNIR spectral reflectance analyses of the low-temperature experiments yield absorption features similar to those of the PSA lithology detected at Moscoviense Basin. The experimental run products at these temperatures contain approximately 5 wt% spinel, which suggests that the spinel-rich deposits detected by M(sup 3) might not be as spinel-rich as previously thought. However, the effect of space weathering on spinel is unknown and could significantly alter its spectral properties including potential weakening of its diagnostic 2-micrometers absorption feature. Thus, weathered lunar rocks could contain more spinel than a comparison with the unweathered experimental charges would suggest. In this study, we have initiated space weathering experiments on 1) pure pink spinel, 2) spinel-anorthite mixtures, and 3) the low

  8. Preparation and sorption properties of materials from paper sludge.

    Hojamberdiev, M; Kameshima, Y; Nakajima, A; Okada, K; Kadirova, Z


    Three materials were prepared from paper sludge (PS) using different treatment processes and their sorption abilities for phosphate and methylene blue (MB) were determined. The samples were a powder sample prepared by heating PS in air (sample C), a pellet prepared by grinding, forming and heating PS in air (sample G) and a powder prepared by physical activation of PS in flowing wet nitrogen (sample A). The three samples were heated at 600-900 degrees C for 6h. On heating at 700-800 degrees C, the organic fibers, limestone (CaCO3), kaolinite (Al2Si2O5(OH)4) and talc (Mg3Si4O10(OH)2) in the original PS were converted to amorphous CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CAS) and talc in sample C, while CAS was formed in sample G and activated carbon, CAS and talc was formed in sample A. On heating at 900 degrees C the CAS converted to gehlenite (Ca2Al2SiO7) and anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8). The specific surface areas (SBET) of the three samples achieved maximum values of 23, 37 and 70 m2/g upon heating at 700, 600 and 600 degrees C, respectively. The SBET value of the activated sample A was distinctly lower than usually reported for activated carbon. The samples C, G and A achieved maximum phosphate sorption capacities of 2.04, 1.38 and 1.70 mmol/g, calculated from the Langmuir model, upon heating at 700, 700 and 800 degrees C, respectively. The maximum sorption capacity for phosphate in sample C is attributed to the sorption by CAS, namely, adsorption on the alumina component and precipitation as Ca-phosphates. The MB multifunctional sorption capacity of sample A was 0.11 mmol/g. The phosphate and MB sorption rates show better correlation with a pseudo-second order model than with other models. PMID:17643816

  9. In-situ determination of the oxidation state of iron in Fe-bearing silicate melts

    Courtial, P.; Wilke, M.; Potuzak, M.; Dingwell, D. B.


    Terrestrial lavas commonly contain up to 10 wt% of iron. Furthermore, rocks returned from the Moon indicate lunar lava containing up to 25 wt% of iron and planetary scientists estimated that the martian mantle has about 18 wt% of iron. An experimental challenge in dealing with Fe-bearing silicate melts is that the oxidation state, controlling the proportions of ferric and ferrous iron, is a function of composition, oxygen fugacity and temperature and may vary significantly. Further complications concerning iron originate from its potential to be either four-, six- or even five-fold coordinated in both valence states. Therefore, the oxidation state of iron was determined in air for various Fe-bearing silicate melts. Investigated samples were Na-disilicate (NS), one atmosphere anorthite-diopside eutectic (AD) and haplogranitic (HPG8) melts containing up to 20, 20 and 10 wt% of iron, respectively. XANES spectra at the Fe K-edge were collected for all the melts at beamline A1, HASYLAB, Hamburg, using a Si(111) 4-crystal monochromator. Spectra were collected for temperatures up to 1573 K using a Pt-Rh loop as heating device. The Fe oxidation state was determined from the centroid position of the pre-edge feature using the calibration of Wilke et al. (2004). XANES results suggest that oxidation state of iron does not change within error for NS melts with addition of Fe, while AD and HPG8 melts become more oxidised with increasing iron content. Furthermore, NS melts are well more oxidised than AD and HPG8 melts that exhibit relatively similar oxidation states for identical iron contents. The oxidation state of iron for NS melts appears to be slightly temperature-dependent within the temperature range investigated (1073-1573 K). However, this trend is stronger for AD and HPG8 melts. Assuming that glass reflects a picture of the homogeneous equilibria of the melt, the present in-situ Fe-oxidation states determined for these melts were compared to those obtained on quenched

  10. Beneficiation of ilmenite from lumar analog

    Ramadorai, G.; Dean, R.


    The results reported were obtained on a meteoric eucrite sample called Millbillillie Sample no. 173. Optical microscopy studies of the sample showed it to consist of ilmenite, troilite, and transparent gangue. The transparent gangue consisted of feldspar (anorthite), pyroxenes, olivines, and opaques. Troilite was present in minor quantities. Screen assay analyses of the 30, 100, 200, and 400 US mesh screen fractions showed that minor concentration of titanium occurred in the 200 x 400 and -400 mesh screen fractions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies of the bulk sample showed the presence of a variety of ilmenite grains, ranging from 50 microns down to less than 1 micron without any evidence of liberation. Electron Diffraction Scans (EDS) confirmed the ratio of Fe to Ti in the ilmenite grains. Dry magnetic separation in a Frantz Isodynamic Separator was found to be effective only at sizes finer than 150 microns (100 US mesh) and more so at 200 mesh (74 microns). In each case, dedusting of the sample to remove -400 mesh (-0.037 microns) fines was required. Liberation size was determined to be 200 mesh and finer. The highest grade concentrate assaying 3.45 percent Ti was produced by magnetic separation of the -200 + 400 mesh screen fraction assaying 0.44 Ti (from a -30 mesh sample) at a current setting of 0.35 AMP. This concentrate contained 21.2 percent of the Ti values in the screen fraction with 2.72 weight percent of feed to test. The results can be projected to a sample stage ground to -200 mesh. Magnetic separation of the 200 + 400 mesh (-0.074 + 0.037 microns) should produce a concentrate accounting for 1.41 weight percent of the feed. This concentrate will analyze 3.45 percent Ti and contain 10.3 percent of the Ti values in the feed. By changing the Frantz Magnetic Separator settings, a lower grade concentrate analyzing 0.98 percent Ti can be produced at an increased recovery of 25.4 percent. The concentrate weight will be 11.7 percent of the feed. It

  11. Towards a greater understanding of hydrothermally grown garnets and sesquioxide crystals for laser applications

    Moore, Cheryl Ann

    The hydrothermal method of crystal growth offers many benefits over traditional melt-based techniques such as lower temperature requirements relieving detrimental high temperature effects such as stress fracturing and a closed-environment, which limits impurities. The continued study of this type of growth including hydrothermal epitaxy is crucial in our world of constant miniaturization. Presented in this thesis is the hydrothermal growth of crystals of LuAG and Lu2O3 doped with a variety of dopants. Their room-temperature and cryogenic absorption spectra are also presented. Much like Nature uses heat, pressure, water and a nutrient-rich feedstock we have used this hydrothermal technique to produce synthetic crystals of grossular, Ca3Al2(SiO4)3, a naturally occurring garnet as well as other aluminosilicates related to grossular, including a new type of vesuvianite. Other garnets important to the laser industry have also been grown using the hydrothermal technique, such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), lutetium aluminum garnet (LuAG) and the related sesquioxide Lu2O3, (lutetia). The growth and characteristics of Yb-doped lutetia and LuAG, Nd-doped lutetia, and Dy-doped lutetia and YAG are presented herein. These laser crystals have been analyzed by high-resolution absorption spectroscopy at room temperature as well as 250K, 200K, 150K and 80K and absorption coefficients are presented. A coprecipitation technique common in the ceramics field has been adapted for use creating precursors for hydrothermal crystal growth, including phase-pure polycrystalline anorthite and phase-pure gehlenite. Coprecipitation has also been utilized to gain greater control of dopants to create pre-doped feedstocks used for the growth of laser crystal. The versatility of the hydrothermal growth method is also highlighted in a novel epitaxial technique, core growth, which coats the internal surfaces of a seed crystal as well as external surfaces. This can result in multifunctional

  12. Investigating sulfur partitioning between nominally volatile-free minerals and silicate melts

    Marzoli, A.; Callegaro, S.; Baker, D. R.; Geraki, K.; Maneta, V.


    Despite the key role played by volatile species in magmatic systems, it is still challenging to quantify their concentrations in ancient melts. We suggested a quantitative approach for estimating S contents in basaltic melts (Callegaro et al., 2014), based on direct measurement of S on clinopyroxene and calculation of its concentration in the melt through an experimentally determined partition coefficient (KD). We further investigated the partitioning of sulfur between silicate melts and nominally volatile-free minerals (olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and plagioclase), as well as between melt and amphibole. Partitioning experiments were performed with basaltic, andesitic and dacitic bulk compositions, at hydrous and anhydrous conditions, and at high and low oxygen fugacities (fO2), where sulfur in the melt is dominantly present as an S6+ or S2- species, respectively (Wilke et al., 2011). Sulfur concentrations in melts were measured by electron microprobe and in crystals by synchrotron X-ray fluorescence. At low fO2 the average crystal/liquid KDs for sulfur vary from 0.0004 (at a maximum) for olivine, to 0.003 (another maximum) for orthopyroxene, to 0.03 for clinopyroxene, and to 0.07 for plagioclase. The KDs correlate positively with the cation-oxygen bond lengths in the crystals. At high fO2 the KDs drop to approximately one-third of those observed at low fO2. These observations suggest that S2- replaces oxygen in the crystal structure. Water has no measureable influence on the crystal/melt partitioning of sulfur. Clinopyroxene/melt KDs are correlated with the Mg/(Mg+Fe) ratio of the crystal, but appear insensitive to the IVAl in the structure. Plagioclase/melt S partitioning appears unaffected by anorthite content and iron concentration in the crystal. These new KDs allow the determination of sulfur concentration in the igneous melts co-existing with these crystals and provide insights into the volatile concentrations of ancient magmas and their possible

  13. Crystalline plutonium hosts derived from high-level waste formulations

    difference in behavior between cerium and plutonium was that plutonium partitioned more completely into the major host phases than cerium. Where cerium was sometimes observed at up to a few atom percent in crystalline or glassy phases, plutonium could not be detected in these phases. The crystalline plutonium host phases identified in this work included zirconolite, cubic zirconia, sphene, and an anorthite-like calcium aluminosilicate. Zirconia has been suggested as a possible material for immobilizing actinides (3), but this appears to be the first synthesis of such a material. Plutonium appears to stabilize the cubic (fluorite) structure through abroad solid solution range. Samarium can also be incorporated into this material, but is not necessary to stabilize the cubic structure. Plutonium leach rates, as measured by the Product Consistency Test (4), were on the order of 10-5 to 10-6 g/m2/day

  14. The Origin of Refractory Minerals in Comet 81P/Wild 2

    Chi, M; Ishii, H A; Simon, S B; Bradley, J P; Dai, Z R; Joswiak, D J; Browning, N D; Matrajt, G


    Refractory Ti-bearing minerals in the calcium-, aluminium-rich inclusion (CAI) Inti, recovered from the comet 81P/Wild 2 sample, were examined using analytical (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (STEM) methods including imaging, nanodiffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Inti fassaite (Ca(Mg,Ti,Al)(Si,Al){sub 2}O{sub 6}) was found to have a Ti{sup 3+}/Ti{sup 4+} ratio of 2.0 {+-} 0.2, consistent with fassaite in other solar system CAIs. The oxygen fugacity (log f{sub O{sub 2}}) of formation estimated from this ratio, assuming equilibration among phases at 1509K, is -19.4 {+-} 1.3. This value is near the canonical solar nebula value (-18.1 {+-} 0.3) and in close agreement with that reported for fassaite-bearing Allende CAIs (-19.8 {+-} 0.9) by other researchers using the same assumptions. Nanocrystals of osbornite (Ti(V)N), 2-40 nm in diameter, are embedded as inclusions within anorthite, spinel and diopside in Inti. Vanadium is heterogeneously distributed within some osbornite crystals. Compositions range from pure TiN to Ti{sub 0.36}V{sub 0.64}N. The possible presence of oxide and carbide in solid solution with the osbornite was evaluated. The osbornite may contain O but does not contain C. The presence of osbornite, likely a refractory early condensate, together with the other refractory minerals in Inti, indicates that the parent comet contains solids that condensed closer to the proto-sun than the distance at which the parent comet itself accreted. The estimated oxygen fugacity and the reported isotopic and chemical compositions are consistent with Inti originating in the inner solar system as opposed to it being a surviving CAI from an extrasolar source. These results provide insight for evaluating the validity of models of radial mass transport dynamics in the early solar system. The oxidation environments inferred for the Inti mineral assemblage are inconsistent with an X-wind formation

  15. A Refractory Inclusion Returned by Stardust from Comet 81P/Wild 2

    Simon, S B; Joswiak, D J; Ishii, H A; Bradley, J P; Chi, M; Grossman, L; Al?on, J; Brownlee, D E; Fallon, S; Hutcheon, I D; Matrajt, G; McKeegan, K D


    Among the samples returned from comet 81P/Wild 2 by the Stardust spacecraft is a suite of particles from one impact track (Track 25) that are Ca-, Al-rich and FeO-free. We studied three particles from this track that range in size from 5.3 x 3.2 {micro}m to 15 x 10 {micro}m. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy show that they consist of very fine-grained (from {approx}0.5 to {approx}2 {micro}m) Al-rich, Ti-bearing and Ti-free clinopyroxene, Mg-Al spinel, anorthite, perovskite, and osbornite (TiN). In addition to these phases, the terminal particle, named 'Inti', also contains melilite. All of these phases, with the exception of osbornite, are common in refractory inclusions and are predicted to condense at high temperature from a gas of solar composition. Osbornite, though very rare, has also been found in meteoritic refractory inclusions, and could have formed in a region of the nebula where carbon became enriched relative to oxygen compared to solar composition. Compositions of Ti-pyroxene in Inti are similar, but not identical, to those of fassaite from Allende inclusions. Electron energy loss spectroscopy shows that Ti-rich pyroxene in Inti has Ti{sup 3+}/Ti{sup 4+} within the range of typical meteoritic fassaite, consistent with formation under reducing conditions comparable to those of a system of solar composition. Inti is {sup 16}O-rich, with {delta}{sup 18}O {approx} {delta}{sup 17}O {approx} 40{per_thousand}, like unaltered phases in refractory inclusions and refractory IDPs. With grain sizes, mineralogy, mineral chemistry, and an oxygen isotopic composition like those of refractory inclusions, we conclude that Inti is a refractory inclusion that formed in the inner solar nebula. Identification of a particle that formed in the inner Solar System among the comet samples demonstrates that there was transport of materials from the inner to the outer nebula, probably either in a bipolar outflow or by turbulence.

  16. Controls and implications of anisotropy across a strain gradient within granodiorite, Serifos, Western Cyclades

    Gaudreau, Élyse; Lagroix, France; Cossette, Élise; Schneider, David; Grasemann, Bernhard


    In order to evaluate the assumption that the crust behaves as an isotropic material in complex structural settings, we integrate crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) data across a strain gradient within a Miocene granodioritic intrusion on Serifos island, Western Cyclades. One of the consequences of anisotropic crust is the variation in seismic wave velocity with the direction of propagation, which is largely controlled by the CPO of anisotropic minerals such as micas. The magnetic fabric of variably deformed granodiorite is used to characterize weakly defined tectonic fabric and thus complements the CPO data. Granodiorite samples exhibit very low strain to mylonitic fabric across the crustal-scale shear zone, recording progressive deformation through the ductile to brittle transition. CPO data was collected using electron backscatter diffraction and seismic properties were calculated using Voigt-Reuss-Hill averaging of the single minerals' elastic stiffness tensor. Quartz CPO is very strong in the weakly deformed samples recording basal and prism {0001} slip. Furthermore, bulging recrystallization and undulose extinction in quartz as well as feldspar grains that exhibit brittle deformation structures are indicative of 300-400 °C temperatures. The mylonite has a very weak CPO for the quartz phase and exhibits prism {0001} slip. The higher strain samples also reveal dynamic recrystallization and grain size reduction of quartz, plagioclase, potassium feldspar and biotite, which are characteristic of 400-500 °C temperatures. Orthoclase and anorthite possess a weak CPO in all samples. The S-wave anisotropy calculated from the CPO data of the weakly deformed granodiorite is the highest of all samples (max: 8%), and the anisotropy of the mylonite is the weakest of all samples (max: <3%). AMS data yields mainly oblate fabrics and the magnetic foliations and lineations correlate with microscopic and macroscopic

  17. The Anatomy and Bulk Composition of CAI Rims in the Vigarano (CV3) Chondrite

    Ruzicka, A.; Boynton, W. V.


    A striking feature of Ca,Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) in chondrites is the presence of mineralogical layers that typically form rim sequences up to 50 micrometers thick [1]. Many ideas regarding the origin of CAI rims have been proposed, but none are entirely satisfactory. The detailed mineralogy and bulk compositions of relatively unaltered CAI rims in the Vigarano (CV3) chondrite described here provide constraints on hypotheses of rim formation. Rim Mineralogy: CAIs in Vigarano consist of melilite (mel)- and spinel (sp)- rich varieties, both of which are rimmed [2]. Around mel-rich objects, the layer sequence is CAI interior --> sp-rich layer (sometimes absent) --> mel/anorthite (anor) layer --> Ti-Al-rich clinopyroxene (Tpx) layer --> Al- diopside (Al-diop) layer --> olivine (ol) +/- Al-diop layer --> host matrix. The sequence around sp-rich objects differs from this in that the mel/anor layer is absent. Both the sp-rich layer around mel-cored CAIs and the cores of sp-rich CAIs in Vigarano are largely comprised of a fine-grained (anor layer is sometimes monomineralic, consisting of mel alone, or bimineralic, consisting of both mel and anor. Where bimineralic, anor typically occurs in the outer part of the layer. In places, anor (An(sub)99-100) has partially altered to nepheline and voids. Rim mel is systematically less gehlenitic than mel in the CAI interiors, especially compared to mel in the interior adjacent to the rims. The Tpx layer (>2 and up to 15 wt% TiO2) and Al-diop layer ( sp + fo --> sp + fo + anor or mel or Tpx) that does not correspond to observed rim sequences. It thus appears that (1) the rim region did not form through crystallization of molten CAIs; and (2) rim layers did not originate solely by the crystallization of a melt layer present on a solid CAI core [4,5]. References: [1] Wark D. A. and Lovering J. F. (1977) Proc. LSC 8th, 95-112. [2] Ruzicka A. and Boynton W. V. (1991) Meteoritics, 26, 390-391. [3] Stolper E. (1982) GCA, 46, 2159

  18. 海南火山岩结构及性能的研究%Study on the structure and performance of volcanic rock in Hainan

    邱文达; 邓湘云; 李建保


    海南火山岩的物质组成和物理化学性能是评价其质量、物理化学活性和预测工业应用状况的重要依据.为了确认工业应用前景和进行合理开发利用,本文利用TG-DSC、XRD、SEM及化学全分析等分析方法对海南火山岩样品进行了高温特性、物相组成、微区形貌以及化学成分等分析.结果表明,样品具有良好的理化性能.通过化学成分分析表明,SiO2是火山岩中最重要的一种氧化物,Al2O3是火山岩中含量较次之的氧化物成分.通过XRD和SEM观察,样品主要矿物有单斜辉石和钙长石,其次有角闪石、橄榄石、黑云母、石英等.基质由杂乱排列的长柱状自形斜长石晶体组成.具有间粒间隐结构、间粒交织结构和少斑结构.%Material composition and physicochemical performance of volcanic rock in Hainan were important basis to evaluate its quality, physicochemical activity and predicted its status of industrial applications. In this paper, analysis methods such as TG, XRD, SEM and chemical analysis were used to analyze high-temperature properties, phase composition, micro-morphology and chemical composition of the samples of volcanic rocks in Hainan. The results showed that the sample has good physical and chemical properties. The chemical composition analysis showed that SiO2 is the most important type of volcanic oxide in volcanic rocks, and A12O3 is followed by SiO2. The sample was observed by XRD and SEM and found that the main crystalline phases were clinopyroxene and anor-thite, which followed by hornblende, olivine, biotite and quartz. Matrix is a framework, which constituted by disordered arrange of long prismatic plagioclase crystals. The matrix has hidden structure between the intergranular, interwoven structure between the intergranular, and less plaque structure.

  19. Experimental weathering rates of aluminium silicates

    release rates estimated from the sum of the volume fraction normalized dissolution rates of plagioclase, pyroxene, and olivine are within one order of magnitude of those measured in this study. In addition, these experimental results show that during injection of CO2-charged waters with pH close to 3.6, crystalline basalt preferentially releases Mg and Fe relative to Ca to the fluid phase. The injection of acidic CO2-charged fluids into crystalline basaltic rocks may therefore favour the formation of Mg and Fe carbonates rather than calcite at acidic to neutral conditions. Plagioclase is the most abundant phase in crystalline basalts and thus influences strongly its reactivity. Plagioclase dissolution rates based on Si release show a common U-shaped behaviour as a function of pH where rates decrease with increasing pH at acid condition but increase with increasing pH at alkaline conditions. Constant pH plagioclase dissolution rates increase with increasing anorthite content at acid conditions, in agreement with literature findings. Interpretation and data fitting suggests that plagioclase dissolution rates are consistent with their control by the detachment of Si-rich activated complexes formed by the removal of Al from the mineral framework. Most notably, compared with previous assumptions, plagioclase dissolution rates are independent of plagioclase composition at alkaline conditions, e.g. anorthite-rich plagioclase dissolution rates increase with increasing pH at alkaline conditions. At such conditions rapid plagioclase dissolution rates likely dominate divalent metal release from crystalline basalts to the fluids phase due to its high Ca content. Gibbsite is commonly the first mineral formed during low temperature dissolution of plagioclase. Gibbsite is an aluminium-hydroxide that is found in various soils as well as the dominant phase in many bauxite ores. Gibbsite precipitation rates were measured in closed system reactors at alkaline condition, both at 25 C and 80

  20. An evaluation of spatial and temporal scales of differentiation in the Tuolumne Batholith, Central Sierra Nevada (Invited)

    Paterson, S. R.; Memeti, V.; Krause, J.


    minerals disclose further details about these processes. Oscillatory zoning of Ba in K-feldspar with asymmetric sharp elevated to gradually outward decreasing levels indicates recurring magma replenishment/mixing events and subsequent Ba fractionation during crystallization. Decreasing anorthite content towards single plagioclase rims and in plagioclase populations from outer to inner magmatic units supports fractionation. Trace element distributions of K-feldspar indicate at least 2-3 different crystal populations, all of which are overgrown by a thin rim with similar Ba compositions. These mineral patterns are particularly well established in the lobes, indicating that fractionates and other magmas were mixing during ascent and possibly at the emplacement level before the lobe wide compositional patterns were established (#2 and #3 above). Interestingly, evidence of mixing of magmas from different sources is best preserved at the largest and smallest spatial scales (#1, #2 and #8 above), whereas fractionation of previously mixed magma is best preserved at intermediate spatial scales (#3 to #7).

  1. Anomalous elastic behaviour of hydrous sanidine megacrysts from the Eifel, Germany

    Schreuer, Jürgen; Demtröder, Kathrin; Sondergeld, Peter; Dehn, Sara


    Sanidine megacrystals from Volkesfeld (Riedener Kessel, East Eifel volcanic field) are well known for their fast irreversible changes of optical properties at moderately high annealing temperatures (starting from 750°C) [1]. These unique optical effects are probably related to fast changes of the Al/Si-order, the origin of which is not yet understood. Polarised infrared spectra and NMR studies indicate a relatively high amount of water (about 200 wt-ppm) in the Eifel sanidines compared to low-sanidine crystals from Madagascar (~ 1 wt-ppm) [2,3] possessing no unusual optical properties at high temperatures. In order to clarify the role of water for the observed anomalies, we investigated the elastic properties of sanidine megacrystals from four different eruptive centres (Essingen, Kerpen, Rockeskyll, Volkesfeld) of the quarternary volcanic fields of the Eifel between room temperature and 1100°C with the aid of resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS). Low-sanidine from Madagascar served as a reference. The Eifel sanidine megacrystals are all very similar in respect to their chemical and structural properties. The chemical composition NaxK1-xAlSi3O8 as obtained by EMPA varies between x = 0.15 (east Eifel volcanic field) and 0.27 (west Eifel volcanic field) with up to 2 at-% celsian and less than 0.02 at-% anorthite. High-resolution DSC and thermogravimetric measurements revealed an irreversible weight loss at about 950°C which corresponds to about 250 wt-ppm H2O. Single crystal structure analyses yielded 2t1 ≈ 0.58 for the Al-occupation of the t1 tetrahedral position indicating nearly fully disordered high-sanidines. For comparison, the potassium-rich low-sanidines from Madagascar are characterised by 2t1 = 0.69. The temperature evolution of the elastic constants of 'dry' Madagascar sanidine is monotonic and fully reversible in successive runs. However, at about 890°C a small peak appears in the ultrasound attenuation above a slowly rising background. In

  2. Characterization and modes of occurrence of elements in feed coal and coal combustion products from a power plant utilizing low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin, Wyoming

    Brownfield, Michael E.; Cathcart, James D.; Affolter, Ronald H.; Brownfield, Isabelle K.; Rice, Cynthia A.; O'Connor, Joseph T.; Zielinski, Robert A.; Bullock, John H., Jr.; Hower, James C.; Meeker, Gregory P.


    The U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research are collaborating with an Indiana utility company to determine the physical and chemical properties of feed coal and coal combustion products from a coal-fired power plant. The Indiana power plant utilizes a low-sulfur (0.23 to 0.47 weight percent S) and lowash (4.9 to 6.3 weight percent ash) subbituminous coal from the Wyodak-Anderson coal zone in the Tongue River Member of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation, Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Based on scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction analyses of feed coal samples, two mineral suites were identified: (1) a primary or detrital suite consisting of quartz (including beta-form grains), biotite, feldspar, and minor zircon; and (2) a secondary authigenic mineral suite containing alumino-phosphates (crandallite and gorceixite), kaolinite, carbonates (calcite and dolomite), quartz, anatase, barite, and pyrite. The primary mineral suite is interpreted, in part, to be of volcanic origin, whereas the authigenic mineral suite is interpreted, in part, to be the result of the alteration of the volcanic minerals. The mineral suites have contributed to the higher amounts of barium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, strontium, and titanium in the Powder River Basin feed coals in comparison to eastern coals. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that (1) fly ash is mostly aluminate glass, perovskite, lime, gehlenite, quartz, and phosphates with minor amounts of periclase, anhydrite, hematite, and spinel group minerals; and (2) bottom ash is predominantly quartz, plagioclase (albite and anorthite), pyroxene (augite and fassaite), rhodonite, and akermanite, and spinel group minerals. Microprobe and scanning electron microscope analyses of fly ash samples revealed quartz, zircon, and monazite, euhedral laths of corundum with merrillite, hematite, dendritic spinels/ferrites, wollastonite, and periclase. The abundant calcium and

  3. Natural weathering in dry disposed ash dump: Insight from chemical, mineralogical and geochemical analysis of fresh and unsaturated drilled cores.

    Akinyemi, S A; Akinlua, A; Gitari, W M; Khuse, N; Eze, P; Akinyeye, R O; Petrik, L F


    Some existing alternative applications of coal fly ash such as cement manufacturing; road construction; landfill; and concrete and waste stabilisation use fresh ash directly collected from coal-fired power generating stations. Thus, if the rate of usage continues, the demand for fresh ash for various applications will exceed supply and use of weathered dry disposed ash will become necessary alternative. As a result it's imperative to understand the chemistry and pH behaviour of some metals inherent in dry disposed fly ash. The bulk chemical composition as determined by XRF analysis showed that SiO2, Al2O3 and Fe2O3 were the major oxides in fresh ash and unsaturated weathered ashes. The unsaturated weathered ashes are relatively depleted in CaO, Fe2O3, TiO2, SiO2, Na2O and P2O5 due to dissolution and hydrolysis caused by chemical interaction with ingressing CO2 from the atmosphere and infiltrating rain water. Observed accumulations of Fe2O3, TiO2, CaO, K2O, Na2O and SO3 and Zn, Zr, Sr, Pb, Ni, Cr and Co in the lower layers indicate progressive downward movement through the ash dump though at a slow rate. The bulk mineralogy of unsaturated weathered dry disposed ash, as determined by XRD analysis, revealed quartz and mullite as the major crystalline phases; while anorthite, hematite, enstatite, lime, calcite, and mica were present as minor mineral phases. Pore water chemistry revealed a low concentration of readily soluble metals in unsaturated weathered ashes in comparison with fresh ash, which shows high leachability. This suggests that over time the precipitation of transient minor secondary mineral phases; such as calcite and mica might retard residual metal release from unsaturated weathered ash. Chloride and sulphate species of the water soluble extracts of weathered ash are at equilibrium with Na+ and K+; these demonstrate progressive leaching over time and become supersaturated at the base of unsaturated weathered ash. This suggests that the ash dump does not

  4. Mineralogy and chemistry of the green stone artifacts (muiraquitãs of the museums of the Brazilian State of Pará Mineralogia e química de artefatos de pedra verde (muiraquitãs dos Museus do Estado do Pará

    Anna Cristina Resque Meirelles


    Full Text Available Muiraquitãs, lithic artifacts found in the Amazon basin, have been considered to be Asian in origin, or to have been sculpted by the legendary female Amazon warriors. These pieces are now very rare, and are found mainly in museum collections. In the present study, the mineralogical and chemical content of 23 specimens from the collections of the Museu de Gemas (Gemstone Museum and Museu do Encontro (Meeting Museum in Belém, Brazil, were analyzed. Most of the pieces were made of minerals commonly found in Brazil - quartz, albite, microcline, variscite, anorthite, and tremolite (the equivalent of nephritic jade. However, four of the pieces were made of jadeite, that is, jadeitic jade, which is unknown in the Amazon basin or in other parts of Brazil. The confirmation of the presence of this mineral in some of the artifacts reopens the debate on the mineralogical origin of the muiraquitãs found in the Amazon basin. Before the present discovery, their origin was defended as Amazonian due to the absence of jadeite jade in the searched pieces and the fact that jadeite was not found in Brazil but in Central America and Asia.Os muiraquitãs foram considerados de proveniência asiática ou, também, como peças esculpidas pelas lendárias mulheres guerreiras, as Amazonas. São peças, hoje, muito raras, encontradas em alguns acervos de Museus. Estudos mineralógicos e químicos de 23 peças do acervo dos Museus de Gemas e do Encontro em Belém, Brasil, mostraram que os muiraquitãs podem ser constituídos, tanto de quartzo, como de albita, ou microclínio, pirofilita, variscita, anortita e tremolita (equivalente ao jade nefrítico, minerais frequentes em formações geológicas do Brasil. No entanto quatro peças são constituídas de jadeíta, ou seja, em jade jadeítico, raro e desconhecido na Amazônia e Brasil. A constatação da presença desse mineral reacende a discussão em torno da origem mineralógica dos muiraquitãs encontrados na Amaz

  5. Volcanic facies and mineral chemistry of Tertiary volcanics in the northern part of the Eastern Pontides, northeast Turkey: implications for pre-eruptive crystallization conditions and magma chamber processes

    Yücel, Cem; Arslan, Mehmet; Temizel, İrfan; Abdioğlu, Emel


    Tertiary volcanics in the northern zone of the Eastern Pontides are characterized by subaerial and shallow-subaqueous facieses, and are divided into three volcanic suites: Eocene aged (1) basalt-trachybasalt-basaltic trachyandesite (BTB) and (2) trachyte-trachyandesite (TT), and Miocene aged (3) basanite-tephrite (BT) suites. Clinopyroxene is a common phase in all three volcanic suites, and has different compositions with Mg# varying from 0.57 to 0.91 in BTB suite and 0.57-0.84 in TT suite to 0.65-0.90 in BT suite. Feldspars in all suites generally exhibit wide range of compositions from sanidine to albite or anorthite and have weak normal and reverse compositional zoning. Olivines in BTB and BT suites have Fo60-92. Hornblendes in BTB, TT and BT suites are commonly magnesio-hastingsite and rare pargasite in composition (Mg#: 0.67-0.90). Brown mica is mainly phlogopite with Mg# ranging from 0.56 to 0.92 in the BTB suite, 0.59-0.84 in the TT suite, and 0.75-0.93 in the BT suite. Analcime is present only in the BT suite rocks. Fe-Ti oxides in all suites are mainly composed of magnetite and titanomagnetite. Textural petrographic and mineral chemical data suggest that magmas had undergone hydrous and anhydrous crystallizations in deep-, mid-, and shallow-crustal magma chambers. Clinopyroxene thermobarometric calculations show that Eocene magma chambers were characterized by temperature ranging from 1,100 to 1,244 °C and pressure ranging from 1.84 to 5.39 kbar. Similarly, the Miocene magma chambers were characterized by temperature ranging from 1,119 to 1,146 °C and pressure ranging from 4.23 to 4.93 kbar. Hornblende thermobarometry, oxygen fugacity, and hygrometer reveal that the crystallization temperature of Eocene volcanics range from 956 to 959 °C at pressure ranging from 6.49 to 6.52 kbar. Eocene volcanics were characterized by water content ranging from 7.83 to 8.57 wt.% and oxygen fugacity of 10-9.36 to 10-9.46 (ΔNNO+2). Miocene volcanics had crystallization

  6. Geology and Petrology of the Southeast Mariana Forearc Rift

    Ribeiro, J. M.; Anthony, E. Y.; Bloomer, S. H.; Girard, G.; Ishizuka, O.; Kelley, K. A.; Manton, W. I.; Martinez, F.; Merle, S. G.; Ohara, Y.; Reagan, M. K.; Ren, M.; Stern, R. J.


    The southernmost Mariana convergent margin is tectonically and magmatically very active, with submarine arc volcanoes that are sub-parallel to the Malaguana-Gadao Ridge backarc spreading center at ~110km from the trench axis. This activity reflects widening of the S. Mariana Trough. Stretching formed 3 southeast-facing, broad rifts extending from the trench to an extinct arc volcano chain (~80km from the trench axis) that is mostly composed of outcrops and fragments of pillow lavas partially covered by sediments. The 3 rifts comprise the S.E. Mariana Forearc Rift (SEMFR) and are 50-56km long and 3600 to 8200m deep, with axial valleys that narrow near the extinct arc. We studied the SEMFR using one Shinkai 6500 dive in 2008 and two Shinkai 6500 dives and 7 deep-tows in 2010. Near the trench, the SEMFR flanks are very steep and dominated by talus slopes of lava, fine-grained gabbro, diabase and peridotite, sometimes covered by thin volcaniclastic sediments. Few outcrops of pillow lavas, lava flows and volcaniclastics are observed, strongly suggesting that SEMFR morphology is dominated by faulting and landsliding. Lava outcrops are smoother and better preserved towards the extinct arc, suggesting that magmatic activity dominates that part of the rift. 40Ar-39Ar ages of 3 SEMFR lavas are 3.0-3.7Ma, so post-magmatic rifting is younger than ~3Ma. SEMFR pillow lavas are vesicular and microporphyritic with crystallite-rich glassy rinds, indicating they erupted underwater at near-liquidus conditions. In contrast, the lava flows are more crystallized and less vesicular. SEMFR lavas exhibit similar ranges in mineral composition with 2 kinds of plagioclase (An>80% and An90 and Fo<90), suggesting magma mixing. Gabbroic rocks are slightly altered and have olivine and clinopyroxene compositions similar to those of the lavas, but contain less anorthitic plagioclase with a wider range in composition (An20-70) than the lavas. One sample of the extinct arc lava is vesicular and

  7. The effect of microsilica and refractory cement content on the properties of andalusite based Low Cement Castables used in aluminum casthouse O efeito do teor de microsílica e de cimento refratário nas propriedades de LCCs usados em moldagem de alumínio

    E. A. Firoozjaei


    Full Text Available The bonding system in low cement castables is achieved by the use of calcium aluminate cement, microsilica and reactive alumina. The lime/silica ratio critically impacts the liquid phase formation at high temperatures and subsequently the corrosion resistance and the mechanical and physical properties of the refractory. In the current study, the effects of microsilica and cement contents on the corrosion resistance and the physical and mechanical properties of Andalusite Low Cement Castables (LCCs refractories were investigated. Alcoa Cup test was used to evaluate the corrosion resistance of the castables at 850 ºC and 1160 ºC. The study showed that an increase in the microsilica/cement ratio improves the physical and mechanical properties of the castable, but at the expense of the corrosion resistance. When a fixed amount of BaSO4 was added to the base refractory material, barium celsian along with glassy phase formation was observed to increase with the increase in the microsilica/cement ratio in the refractory. The presence of the glassy phases was noted to lower the positive effect of Ba-celsian formation on improving the corrosion resistance of the refractory. The observed results were validated using thermodynamic calculations which indicated that Ba-celsian phase was more resistant than Ca-anorthite for applications involving contact with molten aluminum.O sistema de ligantes em concretos de baixo cimento é produzido com o uso de cimento de aluminato de cálcio, microsílica e alumina reativa. A razão cálcia/sílica tem importância crucial na formação de fase líquida a altas temperaturas e posteriormente na resistência a corrosão e nas propriedades mecânicas e físicas do refratário. Neste trabalho foram investigados os efeitos do teor de microsílica e de cimento na resistência à corrosão e nas propriedades mecânicas e físicas de refratários de baixo teor de cimento Andalusita (LCC. O teste da Alcoa foi usado para

  8. 生物质对呼盛褐煤灰熔融特性的影响%Effect of biomass on ash fusion characteristics of Husheng lignite

    李振珠; 李风海; 马修卫; 马名杰; 薛兆民


    灰熔融特性对煤与生物质共气化意义重大。为探索生物质对褐煤灰熔融特性的影响规律,向呼盛褐煤中分别加入不同质量比例的花生壳、玉米秸秆和松木屑,采用 ALHR-2型智能灰熔点测定仪对混合灰样的灰熔点进行了测定,X射线荧光仪(XRF)和X射线衍射仪(XRD)分析了灰熔融特性变化的原因。结果表明生物质能够在一定程度上降低呼盛褐煤的灰熔融温度,这与生物质灰分含量以及混合灰样化学组成有关,且生物质掺混比例与混合灰熔融特征温度呈现非线性关系;莫来石的生成和消失使花生壳与呼盛褐煤混合灰样和玉米秸秆与呼盛褐煤混合灰样的灰熔融特征温度出现了波动;高熔点硅线石含量的降低、低熔点钙长石含量的增加、以及低熔点白榴石和斜辉石的生成导致了松木屑与呼盛褐煤混合样灰熔融特征温度降低。%Ash fusion characteristics are very important to co-gasification of biomass and coal. To study the effects of biomass on ash fusion temperatures(AFTs) of lignite,the mixtures of peanut shells, corn straw and pine wood chips with Husheng lignite at different mass ratios were investigated. The trend of AFTs change of mixtures was examined on an intelligent ash fusion analyzer. X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) and X-ray diffract-meter (XRD) were used to analyze the reason causing AFTs change. Three kinds of biomass all could make the AFTs of Husheng lignite decrease to some extent,which was related to ash content and ash composition of the mixtures. A non-linear relationship was shown between the mixing proportion and AFTs of mixtures. The formation of mullite in mixed ashes (peanut shell or corn straw with Husheng lignite) resulted in fluctuation of the trend of AFTs change. For the mixed sample of pine wood chips and Husheng lignite,the decrease of kyanite with a high melting point (MP),the increase of anorthite with a low

  9. Taxonomy Of Magma Mixing I: Magma Mixing Metrics And The Thermochemistry Of Magma Hybridization Illuminated With A Toy Model

    Spera, F. J.; Bohrson, W. A.; Schmidt, J.


    The rock record preserves abundant evidence of magma mixing in the form of mafic enclaves and mixed pumice in volcanic eruptions, syn-plutonic mafic or silicic dikes and intrusive complexes, replenishment events recorded in cumulates from layered intrusions, and crystal scale heterogeneity in phenocrysts and cumulate minerals. These evidently show that magma mixing in conjunction with crystallization (perfect fractional or incremental batch) is a first-order petrogenetic process. Magma mixing (sensu lato) occurs across a spectrum of mixed states from magma mingling to complete blending. The degree of mixing is quantified (Oldenburg et al, 1989) using two measures: the statistics of the segregation length scales (scale of segregation, L*) and the spatial contrast in composition (C) relative to the mean C (intensity of segregation, I). Mingling of dissimilar magmas produces a heterogeneous mixture containing discrete regions of end member melts and populations of crystals with L* = finite and I > 0. When L*→∞ and I→0 , the mixing magmas become hybridized and can be studied thermodynamically. Such hybrid magma is a multiphase equilibrium mixture of homogeneous melt, unzoned crystals and possible bubbles of a supercritical fluid. Here, we use a toy model to elucidate the principles of magma hybridization in a binary system (components A and B with pure crystals of α or β phase) with simple thermodynamics to build an outcome taxonomy. This binary system is not unlike the system Anorthite-Diopside, the classic low-pressure model basalt system. In the toy model, there are seven parameters describing the phase equilibria (eutectic T and X, specific heat, melting T and fusion enthalpies of α and β crystals) and five variables describing the magma mixing conditions: end member bulk compositions, temperatures and fraction of resident magma (M) that blends with recharge (R) magma to form a single equilibrium hybrid magma. There are 24 possible initial states when M

  10. Submarine eruption near Socorro Island, Mexico: Geochemistry and scanning electron microscopy studies of floating scoria and reticulite

    Siebe, Claus; Komorowski, Jean-Christophe; Navarro, Carlos; McHone, John; Delgado, Hugo; Cortés, Abel


    collected on several occasions from the surface of the sea for chemical and mineralogical analyses. Major- and minor-element analyses (including REE), as well as electron microprobe analyses of different phases revealed that the composition of the emitted lava has not changed through time. Blocks of basalt (SiO 2 = 45-47%) are highly vitric and vesicular with tabular anorthite phenocrysts up to 3 mm in length and minor grains of forsteritic olivine. REE and trace-element composition of these rocks suggest an anomalous mantle source for the erupted alkali basalt lava. The ongoing eruption will either continue in a similar fashion as described and eventually cease or built up a mound that reaches the surface and forms an island with accompanying change in eruptive style.

  11. Initiating intermediate-depth earthquakes: Insights from a HP-LT ophiolite from Corsica

    Deseta, N.; Ashwal, L. D.; Andersen, T. B.


    The hypocentres of intermediate-depth earthquakes have been shown to overlap with the regions in subducting slabs that contain high abundances of hydrous minerals. This relationship was initially revealed using geophysical and numerical modelling and until recently has lacked corroboration from direct field-based research. We evaluated the relationship of the coincidence of intermediate-depth earthquakes with hydrous minerals in the slab by undertaking detailed geochemical analyses of blueschist to lawsonite to eclogite facies pseudotachylytes and their hostrocks located within an exhumed ophiolite, the Eocene Schistes Lustres Complex in Corsica. These units comprise incompletely metamorphosed metagabbro and peridotite. The wallrocks of the pseudotachylytes contain variable amounts of hydrous minerals: tremolite, Mg-hornblende, glaucophane in the metagabbro, and serpentine, tremolite and chlorite in the peridotite. Back-scatter-electron images show that the hydrous minerals entrained in the melt undergo fusion rather than dehydration. Vesicular and H2O-rich melt veins are observed cross-cutting partially molten pseudotachylyte fault veins and show evidence of H2O exsolution during melt solidification. The crystallisation products of these melts indicate formation under high temperature, high pressure conditions (1400-1700 °C; 1.5 GPa). The peridotite-hosted pseudotachylytes crystallised olivine, orthopyroxene and diopside, which are surrounded by interstitial Al- and H2O-rich glass. The metagabbro pseudotachylyte is dominated by Al-rich omphacite, ilmenite and high-Fe anorthite. XRF bulk analyses of the wallrock of the pseudotachylyte and electron microprobe analyses of the pseudotachylyte matrix, entrained survivor clasts and the crystallisation products show that near-total disequilibrium melting took place. The peridotite-hosted pseudotachylyte composition is skewed strongly towards chlorite; however, the preservation of delicate dendritic diopside and olivine

  12. A New Type of Kelyphite Produced by Isochemical Breakdown of Garnet, Discovered from the Czech Moldanubian Zone

    Obata, M.; Ozawa, K.; Naemura, K.; Ueda, T.


    Kelyphite is a fine-grained, mineral intergrowth developed around garnet in many mafic and ultramafic rocks of high-pressure origin. Typical mineral assemblage of kelyphites developed in garnet peridotites is Opx+Cpx+spinel ±amphibole, which has been interpreted to be a reaction product between garnet and olivine (Kushiro and Yoder, 1966), which is referred to as kelyphite I. In general, these kelyphites are not isochemical to mother garnet but a significant gain of Mg and loss of Al occur with respect to original garnets (e.g. Obata, 2011). We found, probably for the first time in the world, a new type of kelyphite (named kelyphite II) that appears to have been formed by an isochemical breakdown of garnet inside kelyphite I in a garnet peridotite from the Czech Moldanubian Zone. The garnet peridotite had once equilibrated at 2.3-3.5 GPa, 850-1030°C and were partially re-equilibrated in the spinel-lherzolites facies as it ascended and was incorporated into a thickened lower continental crust (Naemura et al., 2009). The temperature of the kelyphite I formation has been estimated to be 730-770°C by applying two-pyroxene geothermometer. The kelyphite II is much finer-grained and darker-colored than kelyphite I and shows a very straight lamellar structure consisting of Opx, spinel and plagioclase (anorthite), in which spinel occur exclusively within the Opx lamella (less than 1 micron thickness). Furthermore, the kelyphite II is typically separated from adjacent garnet by a thin hydrous zone (10 to 20 micron width) that consists of amphibole and spinel-like fine lamella (named kelyphite III), the bulk of which contains more Ca and Na (and therefore less Mg and Fe) than the garnet. The transitional boundary between the kelyphite I and kelyphite II areas (typically of hundreds of microns width) may be divided into several mineral zones of distinct mineral assemblages that all contain Ca-amphibole (pargasitic hornblende). Microprobe analyses revieled that Opx in

  13. The "White Angel": A Wollastonite-Bearing Refractory Inclusion in the Leoville Chondrite

    Caillet, C. L. V.; Buseck, P. R.


    An unusual coarse-grained Ca-Al-rich inclusion (CAI) was discovered in the Leoville CV3 meteorite. The inclusion has a smooth shape, is flattened, and measures ~4 mm in maximum dimension. This compact CAI has a predominantly igneous texture but shows the effects of solid-state recrystallization. It displays multiple deformation features, as is common in other Leoville samples (Caillet et al., 1992). Some large crystals are twisted or oriented parallel to the lineation of the rock or show undulatory extinction and kink-banding. The inclusion consists mainly of melilite, but a striking feature is the occurrence of large wollastonite crystals forming areas up to 400 micrometers long. Such large wollastonites have not previously been reported from a CAI core. Other primary phases are perovskite (up to 120 micrometers across) and few Ti-V-rich fassaite crystals. Sparse idiomorphic crystals (10 micrometers across) of a Ti-rich mineral phase are poikilitically enclosed within melilite. Surprisingly, spinels are absent in this CAI. In transmitted light, the pyroxenes are an intense green color, and perovskite appears reddish pink to light violet. Wollastonite shows a pronounced blue luminescent color under the electron beam. This unique white inclusion is surrounded by relatively simple and regular rimming sequence consisting, from the inside outward, of spinel+perovskite, Al-rich melilite, Al-diopside, and olivine layers. Almost no alteration products, such as grossular or sodalite, were encountered around the CAI. However, two tiny anorthite crystals are partly replaced by nepheline. Calcite fills cracks perpendicular to the long axis of the CAI. However, some calcite patches (apparently replacing wollastonite) appear to have preexisted the faulting event(s). The texture indicates melilite was the first mineral to crystallize. Compositions range from Ak(sub)2 at the rim to Angstrom k(sub)40 in the interior with a mean value of Ak(sub)24. In most minerals, Na2O is below

  14. The Formation of Boundary Clinopyroxenes and Associated Glass Veins in Type B1 CAIs

    Paque, J M; Beckett, J R; Ishii, H A; Toppani, A; Burnett, D S; Teslich, N; Dai, Z R; Bradley, J P


    We used focused ion beam thin section preparation and scanning transmission electron microscopy (FIB/STEM) to examine the interfacial region between spinel and host melilite for three spinel grains, two from the mantle and one from the core of an Allende type B1 inclusion, and a second pair of spinel grains from a type B1 inclusion from the Leoville carbonaceous chondrite. The compositions of boundary clinopyroxenes decorating spinel surfaces are generally consistent with those of coarser clinopyroxenes from the same region of the inclusion, suggesting little movement of spinels between mantle and core regions after the formation of boundary clinopyroxenes. The host melilite displays no anomalous compositions near the interface, and anorthite or other late-stage minerals are not observed, suggesting that crystallization of residual liquid was not responsible for the formation of boundary clinopyroxenes. Allende spinels display either direct spinel-melilite contact or an intervening boundary clinopyroxene between the two phases. In the core, boundary clinopyroxene is mantled by a thin (1-2 {micro}m thick) layer of normally zoned (X{sub Ak} increasing away from the melilite-clinopyroxene contact) melilite with X{sub Ak} matching that of the host melilite at the melilite-melilite contact. In the mantle, X{sub Ak} near boundary spinels is constant. Spinels in a Leoville type B1 inclusion are more complex with boundary clinopyroxene, as observed in Allende, but also variable amounts of glass ({approx}1 {micro}m width), secondary calcite, perovskite, and an unknown Mg-, Al-, OH-rich and Ca-, Si-poor crystalline phase that may be a layered double hydrate. Glass compositions are consistent to first order with a precursor consisting mostly of Mg-carpholite or sudoite with some aluminous diopside. One possible scenario of formation for the glass veins is that open system alteration of melilite produced a porous, hydrated aggregate of Mg-carpholite or sudoite + aluminous

  15. Eclogite in West Papua (Wandamen Peninsula), petrological and geochemical characterization : geodynamical implications

    de Sigoyer, Julia; Pubellier, Manuel; Bailly, Vivien; Ringenbach, Jean-Claude


    The Lengguru accretionary wedge (West Papua) is located in a very active geodynamical context. It results from the oblique convergence between the Pacific plate and the Australian plate. All the wedge has been build between 11 and 2 Ma (Bailly et al., 09). Exceptional boulders of fresh eclogites were discovered in the internal part of the Lengguru wedge, in the so called Wandamen peninsula. The Wandamen peninsula displays an increasing metamorphic gradient from West to East. This metamorphic peninsula may also be regarded as the continuation of the inner part of the Central range of Papua New Guinea farther east. The eclogites area embedded in metasediments that present similarities with Mesozoic and Cenozoic sediments of the Australian margin in the continuation of Lengguru wedge. According to geochemical analysis of major and traces elements on the two freshest eclogites, their protolith has a Fe-Ti gabbroic composition. The CIPW norm of these rocks suggest a protolith, with 32% of pyroxenes, 47% of anorthite, less than 3% of olivine, with 7% of ilmenite and 7% of magnetite. Major elements show a tholeiitic characters. Traces elements suggest a T MORB signature with a high content of TiO2. The eclogites are medium to coarse grained. The metamorphic paragenesis consists of clinopyroxenes, garnets, amphiboles, rutiles, quartz and accessory minerals like apatites. Clinopyroxenes with omphacitic composition (XJd: 0.3-0.4) are poecilitic, rare textures of retrogression (symplectites) are observed. Symplectites are composed by diopside or Na-Ca-Fe pyroxene XJd (0.18) and albite, locally calcic amphiboles can replace the clinopyroxene. Garnet of several millimeters (3-4 mm) result from the aggregation of smaller euhedral crystals (500-700 µm). Some of them display atoll microstructure and exhibit a core filled by omphacite, slightly green amphibole, or by quartz. They contain minute inclusions of omphacite, amphibole, apatite, quartz. Many rutiles exsolutions are

  16. Chondrule Rims in Murchison, Cathodoluminescence Evidence for In Situ Formation by Aqueous Alteration

    Sears, D. W. G.; Jie, Lu; Benoit, P. H.


    The fine-grained rims on ordinary and carbonaceous chondrite chondrules are often regarded as accretionary, mainly because they are often volatile-rich (King and King, 1981). However, Sears et al. (1991) recently argued that some chondrule rims in CM chondrites may be the result of aqueous alteration. The rims, like many features in primitive chondrites, stand out especially clearly in cathodoluminescence (CL) imagery due to the distinctive bright red CL of their abundant fine-grained forsterite. Chondrules similarly stand out well in CL images. Group A chondrules show the strong red CL of Fe-free olivine, sometimes associated with the bright yellow CL of anorthite- normative mesostases, while group B chondrules containing Fe-rich olivines and quartz-normative mesostases do not produce CL (Sears et al., 1992). Using a CL mosaic, we measured chondrule and rim diameters for every chondrule in a 17x10 mm section of Murchison. 38% of the chondrules were group A, compared with 46% in the Semarkona (LL3.0) and 61% in the Dhajala (H3.8) ordinary chondrites. While both group A and group B chondrules have rims, those on group A chondrules are significantly thicker than those on group B chondrules, the rim-to-diameter ratios being 0.2-0.5 for group A chondrules and 0.1-0.2 for group B chondrules (Fig. 1). There are two reasonable explanations for the relationship between rim thickness and chondrule group. Either (1) the composition of chondrule mainly determines the thickness of the rim, e.g., the rims were produced by the aqueous alteration of the host chondrule, or (2) the two chondrule groups were formed in different environments, say a very dusty locale favoring thick rims versus a less favorable relatively dust-free location. We note that (a) both types of chondrule coexist in the same rock, (b) CL textures at the rim/matrix are sharp while at the rim/chondrule interface they are irregular (see Fig. 7d,e in Sears et al., 1991), (c) all faces on the objects in Murchison

  17. Influence of liquid structure on diffusive isotope separation in molten silicates and aqueous solutions

    Watkins, J.M.; DePaolo, D.J.; Ryerson, F.J.; Peterson, B.


    Molecular diffusion in natural volcanic liquids discriminates between isotopes of major ions (e.g., Fe, Mg, Ca, and Li). Although isotope separation by diffusion is expected on theoretical grounds, the dependence on mass is highly variable for different elements and in different media. Silicate liquid diffusion experiments using simple liquid compositions were carried out to further probe the compositional dependence of diffusive isotopic discrimination and its relationship to liquid structure. Two diffusion couples consisting of the mineral constituents anorthite (CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8}; denoted AN), albite (NaAlSi{sub 3}O{sub 8}; denoted AB), and diopside (CaMgSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}; denoted DI) were held at 1450°C for 2 h and then quenched to ambient pressure and temperature. Major-element as well as Ca and Mg isotope profiles were measured on the recovered quenched glasses. In both experiments, Ca diffuses rapidly with respect to Si. In the AB–AN experiment, D{sub Ca}/D{sub Si} ~ 20 and the efficiency of isotope separation for Ca is much greater than in natural liquid experiments where D{sub Ca}/D{sub Si} ~ 1. In the AB–DI experiment, D{sub Ca}/D{sub Si} ~ 6 and the efficiency of isotope separation is between that of the natural liquid experiments and the AB–AN experiment. In the AB–DI experiment, D{sub Mg}/D{sub Si} ~ 1 and the efficiency of isotope separation for Mg is smaller than it is for Ca yet similar to that observed for Mg in natural liquids. The results from the experiments reported here, in combination with results from natural volcanic liquids, show clearly that the efficiency of diffusive separation of Ca isotopes is systematically related to the solvent-normalized diffusivity—the ratio of the diffusivity of the cation (D{sub Ca}) to the diffusivity of silicon (D{sub Si}). The results on Ca isotopes are consistent with available data on Fe, Li, and Mg isotopes in silicate liquids, when considered in terms of the parameter D{sub cation

  18. Reaction zone between pre-UHP titanite and host rock: insights into fluid-rock interaction and deformation mechanisms during exhumation of deeply subducted continental crust (Dabie Shan UHP unit, China)

    Wawrzenitz, N.; Romer, R. L.; Grasemann, B.; Morales, L. F. G.


    titanite grains are patchy zoned and replace, along with rutile, calcite, quartz, and apatite, the old titanite megacryst. This reaction reflects the changing CO2 versus fluorine activity in the available fluid phase, rather than changing P-T conditions. The Sr isotope composition of the phases formed by these fluid-mediated reactions is variable and depends on the reaction-history and origin of the fluids. (iii) Brittle deformation of the titanite megacryst induced the formation of fractures, enhancing fluid transport and precipitation of new titanite, allanite, calcite ± rutile, and albite (locally anorthite), as well as Zn(Fe) - and Cu - sulphides along the vein walls. Dislocation creep is indicated by subgrains in local zones of high differential stress within the rim of the titanite megacryst. However, dissolution precipitation creep has been much more effective in changing the (isotope)chemical composition of titanite compared to dislocation creep. Romer, R.L., Wawrzenitz, N., Oberhänsli, R., 2003. Terra Nova 15, 5, 330-336. Wawrzenitz, N., Romer, R.L., Oberhänsli, R., Dong, S., 2006. Lithos 89, 1-2, 174-201.

  19. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 19


    Patera? 24) Mars Polar Cap Edges Tracked over 3 Full Mars Years; 25) Elemental Abundance in Presolar SiC: Comparing Grains Separated by Acid Residue and Gently Separation Procedures; 26) First Results from the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) Experiment on the Huygens Entry Probe of Titan; 27) Minor Element Behavior of Pallasite Olivine: Understanding Pallasite Thermal History and Chronology; 28) Canonical Anorthite in a Grosnaja Forsterite-bearing CAI; 29) Experimental Evidence for Condensation of 'Astrophysical' Carbonate; 30) Distribution and Classification of Multiple Coronae on Venus; 31) Recognition of Rayed Craters on Mars in THEMIS Thermal Infrared Imagery: Implications for Martian Meteorite Source Regions; 32) Geochemical Modeling of Evaporites on Mars: Insight from Meridiani Planum; 33) Hadean Crustal Processes Revealed from Oxygen Isotopes and U-Th-Pb Depth Profiling of Pre-4.0 Ga Detrital Zircons from Western Australia; 34) On Modeling the Seepage of Water into the Martian Subsurface; 35) Martial Gullies and Groundwater: A Series of Unfortunate Exceptions; 36) Olivine and Carbonate Globules in ALH84001: A Terrestrial Analog, and Implications for Water on Mars; 37) A Reevaluation of Mass Movements Within the Valles Marineris Region of Mars Using MOLA and MOC Data; 38) Evidence of Hydrated 109P/Swift-Tuttle Meteoroids from Meteor Spectroscopy; 39) Cr-54 Anomalies in the Solar System: Their Extent and Origin; 40) Reevaluation of the Mn-53-Cr-53 Systematic in the Basaltic Achondrites; 41) Effective Liquid Metal-Silicate Mixing Upon Shock by Power-Law Droplet Size Scaling in Richtmyer-Meshkov Like Perturbations; 42) Post-Impact Deformation of Impact Craters: Towards a Better Understanding Through the Study of Mjolnir Crater; 43) Cutting Silica Aerogel for Particle Extraction; 44) Liquid Hydrocarbons on Titan's Surface? How Cassini ISS Observations Fit into the Story (So Far); and 45) Mesoscale Simulations of Polar Circulations: Late Spring to Late Summe

  20. Petrology, mineral chemistry and tectono-magmatic setting of volcanic rocks from northeast Farmahin, north of Arak

    Reza Zarei Sahamieh


    Full Text Available Introduction The study area is a small part of the Urumieh-Dokhtar structural zone in the Markazi province, located in the northeastern part of the Farmahin, north of Arak (Hajian, 1970. The volcanic rocks studied from the area include andesite, dacite, rhyodacite, ignimbrite and tuff of Middle to Late Eocene age (middle Lutetian to upper Lutetian (Ameri et al., 2009. It seems that folding and faulting is caused in sedimentary basin and volcanic activities. On the other hand, except of orogeny maybe rifting had rule in eruption so that this case has seen in the other area such as Taft and Khezrabad in central Iran (Zarei Sahamieh et al., 2008. The oldest formation in the studied area is Triassic limestones. The dominant textures of these rocks are porphyritic, microlite porphyritic, microlitic and rarely sieve-texture. Sieve texture and dusty texture (dusty plagioclases indicates magma mixing. Mineralogically, they contain plagioclases, clinopyroxenes, amphiboles, quartz and biotite as the main constituents and zircon, apatite, and opaque minerals as accessories. Plagioclases in the andesitic and basaltic- andesite rocks are labradorite, bytownite and anorthite (based on electron microprobe .Moreover, plagioclases in andesitic rocks show that H2O is lesser than 2.5 precent. Amphibole is found in both plagioclases and groundmass. Materials and methods In this article are used different analyses methods such as XRF, ICP-MS and EPMA. Whole-rock major and trace element analyses were determined with ICP-MS method. The major and trace element composition of some rock was determined by electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA using a Cameca SX100 instrument in Iran Mineral Processing Research Center (IMPRC. Moreover, whole-rock major and some trace element analyses for some samples were obtained by X-ray fluorescence (XRF, using an ARL Advant-XP automated X-ray spectrometer. Results Chemical data based on electron micro probe studies of minerals indicate

  1. Environmental degradation of oxidation resistant and thermal barrier coatings for fuel-flexible gas turbine applications

    Mohan, Prabhakar

    O 5 mixture (50-50 mol. %) demonstrated that Na2SO4 itself did not degrade the YSZ, however, in the presence of V2O 5, Na2SO4 formed vanadates such as NaVO3 that degraded the YSZ through YVO4 formation at temperature as low as 700°C. The APS YSZ was found to react with the P2O 5 melt by forming ZrP2O7 at all temperatures. This interaction led to the depletion of ZrO2 in the YSZ (i.e., enrichment of Y2O3 in t'-YSZ) and promoted the formation of the fluorite-cubic ZrO2 phase. Above 1250°C, CMAS deposits were observed to readily infiltrate and significantly dissolve the YSZ coating via thermochemical interactions. Upon cooling, zirconia reprecipitated with a spherical morphology and a composition that depended on the local melt chemistry. The molten CMAS attack destabilized the YSZ through the detrimental phase transformation (t' → t → f + m). Free standing APS CoNiCrAlY was also prone to degradation by corrosive molten deposits. The V2O5 melt degraded the APS CoNiCrAlY through various reactions involving acidic dissolution of the protective oxide scale, which yielded substitutional-solid solution vanadates such as (Co,Ni) 3(VO4)2 and (Cr,Al)VO4. The molten P2O5, on the other hand, was found to consume the bond coat constituents significantly via reactions that formed both Ni/Co rich phosphates and Cr/Al rich phosphates. Sulfate deposits such as Na2SO 4, when tested in encapsulation, damaged the CoNiCrAlY by Type I acidic fluxing hot corrosion mechanisms at 1000°C that resulted in accelerated oxidation and sulfidation. The formation of a protective continuous Al 2O3 oxide scale by preoxidation treatment significantly delayed the hot corrosion of CoNiCrAlY by sulfates. However, CoNiCrAlY in both as-sprayed and preoxidized condition suffered a significant damage by CaSO4 deposits via a basic fluxing mechanism that yielded CaCrO4 and CaAl2O4. The CMAS melt also dissolved the protective Al2O3 oxide scale developed on CoNiCrAlY by forming anorthite platelets and

  2. Geomorphological stability of Permo-Triassic albitized profiles - case study of the Montseny-Guilleries High (NE Iberia)

    Parcerisa, D.; Casas, L.; Franke, C.; Gomez-Gras, D.; Lacasa, G.; Nunez, J. A.; Thiry, M.


    albitization. Biotites are not or weakly chloritized. However, these "unaltered" (or primary) granites are strongly weathered into granite boulders embedded in grus by the present-day climatic conditions. The maturest paleoprofiles occur at the northern part of the Catalan Coastal Ranges (i.e. the Montseny-Guilleries High) where the Variscan basement remained exposed during Triassic times. Towards the South the profiles progressively disappear and Triassic sediments acquire their maximum thickness here. The alteration profiles are related with the Permo-Triassic paleosurface still outcroping on wide areas [Gómez-Gras and Ferrer, 1999]. They are partially covered by Triassic fluvial sandstones (Buntsandstein facies) in the South [Gómez-Gras, 1993] and by Palaeocene alluvial conglomerates in the West [Anadón et al., 1979]. The Triassic paleosurface shows a remarkable stability successively outcropping during Mesozoic and Tertiary times, the pre-Tertiary exhumation and even the present day weathering affected very little these albitized profiles. The hardness and thus preservation of the Triassic paleosurface is mainly related to the albitization. The albitized granites are entirely lacking anorthitic plagioclase, which is much more sensitive to chemo-mechanical weathering. Development of albite and additional chloritization of the primary biotite crystals render the rocks much more resistant to weathering and erosion. This stability is particularly well expressed in case of the Montseny-Guilleries High, which is limited by a high fault scarp at the south-eastern margin. The albitized top of the scarp shows remarkably hard fresh rocks, whereas the base of the scarp (formed of primary, non-albitized facies) is deeply weathered into gruss. This is causing much smother landscape reliefs in the valleys and thalwegs. Since a long time the remarkable persistence of the Triassic paleosurface expressed in the Paleozoic massifs has been highlighted by geomorphologists. Only recently we

  3. Condiciones físicas de formación de gabros ymigmatitas derivadas de rocas máficas en el centro de la Sierra de ValleFértil, San Juan Physical conditions for the formation ofgabbros and migmatites derived from mafic rocks in the center of Sierra deValle Fértil, San Juan

    AlinaM. Tibaldi


    resultadosexperimentales se demuestra que la transición desde rocas ígneas máficas amigmatitas máficas ocurrió por enfriamiento isobárico, y que el emplazamientocontinuo de magmas debió ser la fuente de calor que mantuvo la secuencia enfacies de granulitas sin dejar que el enfriamiento fuera rápido. Se interpretala geología del centro de la sierra de Valle Fértil como un ejemplo del núcleoplutónico-metamórfico del arco magmático Famatiniano donde el gradientemetamórfico anormalmente alto refleja que un volumen importante de magmasmáficos alcanzaban, y dominaban, en paleo-profundidades de entre 16 y 20kilómetros.A sequence of plutonicmafic rocks inter-stratified with both mafic- and metasedimentary-derivedmigmatites is found along the San Juan valley in the center of the Sierra deValle Fértil. This natural example shows the transition from igneous tometamorphic petrologic processes which occurred during the crystallization ofmafic magmas and the subsequent partial melting of crystallized gabbroic rocks.This work studies the mineralogical changes associate to this petrologictransition. Thermobarometric estimates based on amphibole-plagioclase indicatethat the mafic magmas crystallized at around 1100ºC and 5 ± 0.5 kbar. Theconditions under which gabbroic rocks were partially melted are estimated usingtwo pyroxenes thermometry and amphibole-plagioclase thermobarometry. Similarphysical conditions in the range between 740 and 840ºC and 5 to 6.5 kbar arerecovery from mineral assemblages in the mesosomes and leucosomes of maficmigmatites. The main mineral compositional changes that accompanied the partialprocess of the gabbroic rocks are: 1 depletion of aluminium content and Mg#ratio in pyroxenes; 2 depletion of anorthite mole fraction of theplagioclases; and 3 depletion of the Mg# ratio in amphiboles. These mineralcompositional variations are consistent with those found by experimentallymelting mafic protoliths. Experimental results showed that the temperature forpromoting

  4. Characteristics and Evolution of Hydrochemical Compositions of Freshwater Lake in Tibetan Plateau%青藏高原淡水湖泊水化学组成特征及其演化

    王鹏; 尚英男; 沈立成; 伍坤宇; 肖琼


    . 11-0. 35 , Ca/Na was 0.58, Mg/Ca was 0. 12, and HCO3/Na was 1.46, which suggested that the hydrochemical composition of the lake water was mainly controlled by silicate rock weathering based on Gibbs model and analysis of elemental stoichiometry. The minerals participated in weathering processes included plagioclase (anorthite, albite) , potassium feldspar, biotite, calcite, dolomite, gypsum, rock salt, etc. The average value of K/Na was 0. 059 , indicating the weathering level of potassium feldspar was relatively low. The saturation index (SI) of calcite, dolomite, gypsum, quartz and hematite contained in the lake was higher than zero, while the SI of rock salt was lower than 0, revealing the trend that the freshwater lake is turning into salt water lake in Tibetan Plateau.