Original paper

Estimation of the viscosity and the water content of silicate melts from melt inclusion data

Thomas, Rainer

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 6 Number 4 (1994), p. 511 - 535

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published: Jul 27, 1994
manuscript accepted: Mar 7, 1994
manuscript received: Oct 20, 1992

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/6/4/0511

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Abstract This paper presents a new and simple method for the estimation of the viscosity and the water content in hydrous silicate melts using homogenization measurements on melt inclusions in rock-forming minerals in granites and rhyolites from the Erzgebirge, the Slavkovsky les, Thuringia and the Caucasus, the Fichtelgebirge, the Oberpfalz. A combination of the Stokes-Einstein equation and Shaw's (1972) viscosity calculation, together with data for the temperature, inclusion diameter, run time, and inclusion chemistry, is used. The viscosity at the minimum observable homogenization temperature is 3.6 * 104 Pas and is virtually independent of H2O content within the range 2 - 8 wt.%. Generally, the water contents range from 2.5 to 9 wt.%. The accuracy of the method and the possibility of diffusive loss of water are critically assessed.


melt inclusionviscosity of granitic meltswater content of granite melts