Detection of small amounts of N2 in CO2-rich high-density fluid inclusions from mantle xenoliths

Berkesi, Márta and Káldos, Réka and Park, M. and Szabó, Csaba and Váczi, Tamás and Török, Kálmán and Németh, Bianka and Czuppon, György (2017) Detection of small amounts of N2 in CO2-rich high-density fluid inclusions from mantle xenoliths. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MINERALOGY, 29 (3). pp. 423-431. ISSN 0935-1221

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Fluid inclusions (FIs) (n = 34) in spinel lherzolite xenoliths derived from the subcontinental lithospheric mantle from Jeju Island (S. Korea), the Rio Grande Rift (New-Mexico, USA) and Mt. Quincan (Australia) were analysed using confocal Raman spectroscopy. Despite the significant geographical distances, the studied rocks and their FIs show similar petrographic features. We show evidence for the presence of small amounts of nitrogen in extreme high density (≥1 g/cm3 ) FIs from the deep lithospheric mantle using Raman spectroscopy with a spectral resolution between 0.6 and 0.7 cm-1 . The only nitrogen-bearing species found in the inclusions was N2. The N2 Raman signal appeared as two adjacent, partially overlapping bands. The band at higher Raman shift is identical with the nitrogen-in-air (N2 air) band. The band at lower Raman shift is therefore nitrogen within the FIs (N2 fluid). The relative amounts of CO2 and N2 within the FIs were calculated using the integrated band areas. In the studied ultramafic xenoliths, N2 concentrations varied between 0.2 and 1.8 mol%, with one exceptionally high concentration of 3.1 mol%. We believe that microthermometric measurements and/or Raman spectroscopy with an inferior spectral resolution may leave N2 undetected in CO2- rich upper mantle FIs. Based on our observations, we propose that N2 may be a minor but common component in subcontinental lithospheric upper-mantle fluids.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 22 February 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nitrogen; Raman spectroscopy; CANARY-ISLANDS; Pannonian Basin; high-pressure; fluid inclusion; NOBLE-GASES; SPINEL PERIDOTITE XENOLITHS; Upper mantle; Silicate melts; subcontinental lithospheric mantle; RICH FLUID; NITROGEN SPECIATION; RIO-GRANDE RIFT;
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE06 Petrology. Petrography / kőzettan, petrográfia
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 09:59

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