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Xenon and iodine behaviour in magmas

Abstract : Iodine (I) and xenon (Xe) are two key elements that trace Earth's differentiation (e.g. atmosphere formation) and dynamics (e.g. volcanism and recycling at subduction zones). Iodine and Xe abundances are linked through the decay of the extinct 129I that produced 129Xe, which is today depleted in the Earth's atmosphere compared to the composition of the solar system (i.e. chondrites). Iodine and Xe cycles and storage in the deep Earth are almost unknown, which is in large part due to the fact that their behaviour in magmas and fluids, key agents of mass transfer through planetary envelopes, are poorly known. Here, the solubility of Xe and I in melts is measured under high pressure (P) and temperature (T) conditions using large volume presses, and Xe and I behaviour in melts and fluids is monitored in situ under high P-T conditions using resistive heating diamond anvil cells combined with synchrotron x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Raman spectroscopy. Xenon, I and H (H2O) contents were measured in quenched glasses by particle x-ray Emission (PIXE) and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA). Solubility, speciation and degassing processes are investigated for two different compositions: haplogranitic melt (HPG analogue for crustal melts) and basaltic melts (MORB and IAB). Experimentally measured solubilities for both elements are much higher than their natural abundances in terrestrial magmas. Xenon solubility at 3.5 GPa reaches 4.00 wt.% in HPG and 0.40 wt.% in basalts. Iodine solubility is 0.46 wt.% at 0.4 GPa on average in HPG, and reaches 1.42 wt.% in basalts at 2 GPa. The in situ Raman spectroscopic study shows that I forms I-I bonds in hydrous high P fluids/melts unlike Xe that was previously shown to oxidize in high P melts. The XRF monitoring of I and Xe partitioning between aqueous fluids and silicate melts during decompression (i.e. water degassing) shows that Xe degassing is strongly P-T dependent and can be retained in the melt at deep crust conditions, while I is totally washed out from the silicate melt by the aqueous phase. Xenon and I degassing processes are based on different mechanisms, which implies that the atmospheric isotopic signature of Xe cannot be inherited from a process involving volcanic water degassing. Instead, 129Xe depletion may originate from a separation of both elements at depth, by deep fluids, a proposition that agrees with a deep storage of Xe in minerals
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C. Leroy, H. Bureau, C. Sanloup, C. Raepsaet, K. Glazirin, et al.. Xenon and iodine behaviour in magmas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Elsevier, 2019, 522, pp.144-154. ⟨10.1016/j.epsl.2019.06.031⟩. ⟨insu-02269945⟩



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