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Hydrogen incorporation and charge balance in natural zircon

De Hoog, J. C. M., Lissenberg, Cornelis Johan, Brooker, R. A., Hinton, R., Trail, D. and Hellebrand, E. 2014. Hydrogen incorporation and charge balance in natural zircon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 141 , pp. 472-486. 10.1016/j.gca.2014.06.033

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The water and trace element contents of natural igneous zircons were determined to constrain the mechanism of hydrogen incorporation. The low radiation-damage zircons were derived from Fe–Ti oxide gabbros from the Vema Fracture Zone (11°N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge). They contain up to 1212 ppmw H2O, 1.9 wt.% Y2O3 and 0.6 wt.% P2O5 and are generally strongly zoned. REE + Y are partially charge-balanced by P (Y, REE3+ + P5+ = Zr4+ + Si4+), but a large REE excess is present. On an atomic basis, this excess is closely approximated by the amount of H present in the zircons. We therefore conclude that H is incorporated by a charge-balance mechanism (H+ + REE3+ = Zr4+). This interpretation is consistent with FTIR data of the Vema zircons, which shows a strongly polarised main absorption band at ca. 3100 cm−1, similar to experimentally grown Lu-doped hydrous zircon. The size of this 3100 cm−1 band scales with H and REE contents. Apart from a small overlapping band at 3200 cm−1, no other absorption bands are visible, indicating that a hydrogrossular-type exchange mechanism does not appear to be operating in these zircons. Because of charge-balanced uptake of H, P and REE in zircon, the partitioning of these elements into zircon is dependent on each of their concentrations. For instance, DREEzrc/melt increases with increasing H and P contents of the melt, whereas DHzrc/melt increases with increasing REE content but decreases with increasing P content. In addition, H–P–REE systematics of sector zoning indicate kinetic effects may play an important role. Hence, using H in zircon to determine the water content of melts is problematic, and REE partitioning studies need to take into account P and H2O contents of the melt.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0016-7037
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 30 June 2014
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 15:05

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