The effect of pressure on partitioning of Ni and Co between silicate and iron-rich metal liquids: A diamond-anvil cell study

M. Ali Bouhifd, Andrew P. Jephcoat

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    Abstract

    High-pressure and high-temperature experiments have been conducted with a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (LHDAC) to determine the partition coefficients for Ni and Co up to 42 GPa and around 2500 K. Comparison of the present experimental data with those of multi-anvil devices shows a good agreement between the different exchange partitioning coefficients. The agreement suggests conditions in LHDAC experiments can reproduce those of multi-anvil experiments in the pressure range studied. Up to the maximum pressure reached in our work, Ni and Co become less siderophile with increasing pressure, as already observed in previous studies at lower pressures. Our data, combined with lower-pressure results, suggest a magma ocean would have extended to as much as 45 GPa (near 1200 km in depth) in order to obtain homogeneous equilibrium between core-forming metals and the silicate mantle in the early Earth.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-255
    Number of pages11
    JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
    Volume209
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2003

    Keywords

    • Earth's core formation
    • High-pressure
    • Laser-heated diamond-anvil cell
    • Magma ocean
    • Metal-silicate segregation
    • Siderophile elements

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geophysics
    • Geochemistry and Petrology
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Space and Planetary Science

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