The solubility of alumina in orthopyroxene coexisting with garnet

Bernard J. Wood*

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    The solubility of alumina in complex orthopyroxenes crystallised in equilibrium with garnet has been determined over the pressure-temperature range 8-30 Kb and 800-1250° C. The results are in good agreement with predictions made using the simple thermodynamic model of Wood and Banno (1973). The model has been refined using a combination of the new data on orthopyroxenes of about En60Fs40 (with variable calcium content) and previously published data on more magnesian systems. Given analyses of coexisting Orthopyroxene and garnet in natural assemblages it is possible to calculate a P-T curve for the rock which should, in most cases, be accurate to within 2 or 3 kbar.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    JournalContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1974


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