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Water content in the Martian mantle: A Nakhla perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Mineralogy Petrology and Tectonics. Swedish Museum Nat Hist, Dept Geosci, Box 50007, SE-10405 Stockholm, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, ISSN 0016-7037, E-ISSN 1872-9533, Vol. 212, 84-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Water contents of the Martian mantle have previously been investigated using Martian meteorites, with several comprehensive studies estimating the water content in the parental melts and mantle source regions of the shergottites and Chassigny. However, no detailed studies have been performed on the Nakhla meteorite. One possible way to determine the water content of a crystallizing melt is to use the water content in nominally anhydrous minerals (NAMs) such as clinopyroxene and olivine. During or after eruption on the surface of a planetary body and during residence in a degassing magma, these minerals may dehydrate. By reversing this process experimentally, original (pre-dehydration) water concentrations can be quantified. In this study, hydrothermal rehydration experiments were performed at 2 kbar and 700 degrees C on potentially dehydrated Nakhla clinopyroxene crystals. Rehydrated clinopyroxene crystals exhibit water contents of 130 +/- 26 (2 sigma) ppm and are thus similar to values observed in similar phenocrysts from terrestrial basalts. Utilizing clinopyroxene/melt partition coefficients, both the water content of the Nakhla parent melt and mantle source region were estimated. Despite previous assumptions of a relatively dry melt, the basaltic magma crystallizing Nakhla may have had up to 1.42 +/- 0.28 (2 sigma) wt.% H2O. Based on an assumed low degree of partial melting, this estimate can be used to calculate a minimum estimate of the water content for Nakhlas mantle source region of 72 +/- 16 ppm. Combining this value with values determined for other SNC mantle sources, by alternative methods, gives an average mantle value of 102 +/- 9 (2 sigma) ppm H2O for the Martian upper mantle throughout geologic time. This value is lower than the bulk water content of Earths upper mantle (similar to 250 ppm H2O) but similar to Earths MORB source (54330 ppm, average similar to 130 ppm H2O).

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2017. Vol. 212, 84-98 p.
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Nakhla, hydrogen in NAMs, Mars, Martian water, Magmatic water content
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Geophysics Geochemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333063DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.05.041ISI: 000405787500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-333063DiVA: diva2:1155835
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2011-5430Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2012.0097
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2017-11-09Bibliographically approved

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