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Experimental determination of Os metal/silicate partitioning

Borisov, Alexander; Palme, Herbert

Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen Band 172 Heft 2-3 (1998), p. 347 - 356

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published: May 1, 1998

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We report here the first experimental results on the partitioning of Os between metal (Ni-rich OsNi alloys) and silicate melt of anorthite-diopside eutectic composition at 1400 °C and one atmosphere total pressure and at oxygen fugacities ranging from 10-8 to 10-12 atm. Experiments were done by equilibrating OsNi metal loops with silicate melt. Metal and glass were separately analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and metal/silicate partition coefficients for Ni and Os (ONi, DoS) were calculated. The metal/silicate partition coefficients of Ni obtained in this study are in agreement with the results of earlier experiments. In a log DNi vs. log f02 diagram the results can be fitted to a straight line with a slope of - 0.45, close to -1/2, implying an effective valence of Ni in the silicate melt of around + 2.


os sulubilitynoble metalshighly siderophile elementslate chondritic veneer