Ferric iron content in (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite and post-perovskite at deep lower mantle conditions

Ryosuke Sinmyo, Haruka Ozawa, Kei Hirose, Akira Yasuhara, Noriaki Endo, Nagayoshi Sata, Yasuo Ohishi

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We have determined the Fe3+/∑Fe ratio of Al-free (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite, post-perovskite, and (Mg,Fe)O ferropericlase synthesized at 99 to 187 GPa and 1830 to 3500 K based on the electron energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES) spectroscopy. The results demonstrate that post-perovskite includes minor amounts of ferric iron with Fe3+/∑Fe ratios of 0.11 to 0.21. These values are substantially lower than those of Al-rich post-perovskite (Fe3+/∑Fe = 0.59 to 0.69) reported in a previous study, suggesting that the Fe3+-Al3+ coupled substitution is important in post-perovskite, as in the case of perovskite. The Al-bearing post-perovskite in a pyrolitic mantle composition likely contains a considerable amount of ferric iron, which affects various physical properties in the lowermost mantle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1899-1902
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • D″ layer
  • Ferric iron
  • Lower mantle
  • Perovskite
  • Post-perovskite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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