Experimental melting of pelagic sediment, constraints relevant to subduction

@inproceedings{Nichols1996ExperimentalMO,
  title={Experimental melting of pelagic sediment, constraints relevant to subduction},
  author={Geoffrey T. Nichols and Peter John Wyllie and Charles R. Stern},
  year={1996}
}
The experimental melting relations of pelagic red clay with water indicate a low temperature solidus, close to 650°C. This is significant as the red clay water solidus is lower than the solidus of gabbro with water, to depths of at least 140 km. Such a solidi configuration allows for melting of sediments, whilst gabbroic crust dehydrates, in moderate-temperature steady-state subduction regimes. This new experimental evidence lends support to (1) the sediment melting- gabbro dehydration… CONTINUE READING

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