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Metal/Silicate Partitioning of P, Ga, and W at High Pressures and Temperatures: Dependence on Silicate Melt CompositionThe distinctive pattern of element concentrations in the upper mantle provides essential evidence in our attempts to understand the accretion and differentiation of the Earth (e.g., Drake and Righter, 2002; Jones and Drake, 1986; Righter et al., 1997; Wanke 1981). Core formation is best investigated through use of metal/silicate partition coefficients for siderophile elements. The variables influencing partition coefficients are temperature, pressure, the major element compositions of the silicate and metal phases, and oxygen fugacity. Examples of studies investigating the effects of these variables on partitioning behavior are: composition of the metal phase by Capobianco et al. (1999) and Righter et al. (1997); silicate melt composition by Watson (1976), Walter and Thibault (1995), Hillgren et al. (1996), Jana and Walker (1997), and Jaeger and Drake (2000); and oxygen fugacity by Capobianco et al. (1999), and Walter and Thibault (1995). Here we address the relative influences of silicate melt composition, pressure and temperature.
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Conference Paper
Bailey, Edward
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Drake, Michael J.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: Terrestrial Planets: Building Blocks and Differentiation
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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