Water contents of Roberts Victor xenolithic eclogites: primary and metasomatic controls

Jin Xiang Huang*, Pei Li, William L. Griffin, Qun Ke Xia, Yoann Gréau, Norman J. Pearson, Suzanne Y. O’Reilly

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A suite of eclogites from the Roberts Victor kimberlite has been extensively characterized in terms of petrology and geochemical compositions (Gréau et al. in Geochim Cosmochim Acta 75(22):6927–6954, 2011; Huang et al. in Lithos 142–143:161–181, 2012a). In the present study, the water contents of eclogitic garnet and omphacite were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. Garnet does not contain measureable OH in any sample. The water content of omphacite in the studied eclogites ranges from 211 to 1,496 ppm. Mantle metasomatism has modified the water content of some of the eclogites, while others retain water contents characteristic of their original environment. The OH contents of the metasomatized eclogites may be mainly controlled by the H2O fugacity and mineral compositions. The OH contents of the non-metasomatized samples are interpreted to be more sensitive to their mantle equilibration temperature, pressure, and the local fugacities of H2O and O2. The calculated water content of the metasomatic medium is similar to that of carbonatitic–kimberlitic melts/fluids. Eclogites contain more water than peridotites recorded in the literature (341 ± 161 vs 122 ± 54 ppm) and represent an important water reservoir in the lithospheric mantle wherever they occur. This is an important parameter to be considered in the interpretation of mantle processes and geophysical data such as seismic wave speeds and electrical conductivity, and in geodynamic modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1092
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • Eclogites
  • Kaapvaal craton
  • Mantle metasomatism
  • Water content
  • Xenoliths


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