Original paper

Distribution of chloride between aqueous fluids and felsic melts at 2 kbar and 800°C

Kravchuk, Irina F.; Keppler, Hans

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 6 Number 6 (1994), p. 913 - 924

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published: Nov 30, 1994
manuscript accepted: Jun 28, 1994
manuscript received: Sep 30, 1993

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/6/6/0913

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Abstract The distribution of chloride between an aqueous fluid and a hydrous silicate melt was measured at 2 kbar and 800°C in five model systems: albite-quartz-HCl-H2O, albite-quartz-NaCl-H2O, orthoclase-quartz-HCl-H2O, orthoclase-quartz-KCl-H2O, albite-orthoclase-quartz-NaCl-KClH2O. Chloride always strongly partitions into the fluid. At the same chloride concentration in the fluid, less Cl is dissolved in the melt in the potassium-bearing systems than in the sodium-bearing systems. While the partition coefficient is constant in the two HCl-containing systems, KDmelt/fluid strongly decreases with chlorine concentration in the other three systems. This effect can entirely be attributed to variations in the activity coefficients of Nad and KC1 in the fluid. Activity coefficients (fxci)c of NaCl or KC1 (X = Na or K) in the fluid at a concentration c can be obtained from the equation (fxci)c = (KDmelt/fluid)c/(KDmelt/fluid)0, where (KDmelt/fluid)c = partition coefficient at concentration c, and (KDmelt/fluid)0 = extrapolated partition coefficient at infinite dilution. Extrapolation of measured partition coefficients to infinite dilution is possible using the relationship lnKDmelt/fluid = a + b (c)0.5, which yields a good fit of measured partition coefficients at low concentration. Measurements of the chloride partition coefficient between fluids and silicate melts therefore provide a simple means for obtaining activity coefficients in fluids at supercritical conditions. Since chloride always strongly partitions into the fluid, any exsolution of water vapour from the melt will tend to strip a magma of virtually its entire chlorine content. Therefore, only magmas that remain water-undersaturated until shortly before eruption are expected to contribute large amounts of chlorine to the atmosphere. The ratio of water to chlorine in the melt also controls the enrichment of trace elements in an evolving fluid. If the water/chlorine ratio is low, chlorine can be highly enriched in residual melts. When water saturation is finally attained in such a case, the fluid phase in equilibrium with a melt containing 0.1-0.3 wt.% Cl can contain about 50 wt.% of dissolved alkali chloride. Such highly saline solutions are extremely efficient in extracting trace elements out of magmas.


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