Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 333–341 | Cite as

Compressional behavior of natural eclogitic zoisite by synchrotron X-ray single-crystal diffraction to 34 GPa

  • Jingui Xu
  • Dongzhou Zhang
  • Dawei Fan
  • Xiang Wu
  • Feng Shi
  • Wenge ZhouEmail author
Original Paper


Zoisite is a typical accessory mineral of eclogite; understanding its compressional behavior is important for the knowledge of the properties and processes within subduction zones. In this study, the compressional behavior of a natural eclogitic zoisite Ca1.99(Al2.87Fe0.11)Si3.00O12OH was investigated at ambient temperature and high pressure to 34 GPa, using a diamond anvil cell (DAC) combined with synchrotron-based single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) method. Our results indicate that zoisite is stable over the experimental pressure range. The pressure–volume (PV) data were fitted to a third-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state (BM3 EoS), and the equation of state coefficients including zero-pressure unit-cell volume (V0), isothermal bulk modulus (KT0), and its pressure derivative (\(K_{{T0}}^{\prime }\)) were obtained as: V0 = 904.77(8) Å3, KT0 = 118(1) GPa, and \(K_{{T0}}^{\prime }\) = 6.3(2), respectively. The axial compressibilities (β) for a-, b-, and c-axes were also obtained using a parameterized form of the BM3 EoS, and the results show βa0 < βb0 < βc0 with βa0:βb0:βc0 = 1:1.28:1.50. In addition, the bulk modulus of this study is very consistent with previously studied zoisite with similar Fe content. However, the axial compressibility is significantly different with the previous study and the compression of zoisite in this study is more isotropic, which may result from the difference in the pressure-transmitting medium.


Zoisite High pressure Synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction Diamond anvil cell Hydrous minerals 



We acknowledge Sergey N. Tkachev for the neon gas-loading assistance. This project was supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences “Light of West China” Program (Dawei Fan, 2017), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41802043 and 41772043), the Joint Research Fund in Huge Scientific Equipment (U1632112) under cooperative agreement between NSFC and CAS, Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS (Dawei Fan, 2018434), and the CPSF-CAS Joint Foundation for Excellent Postdoctoral Fellows (Grant No. 2017LH014). The experimental work of this study was conducted at GeoSoilEnviroCARS (Sector 13), Partnership for Extreme Crystallography program (PX^2), Advanced Photon Source (APS), and Argonne National Laboratory. GeoSoilEnviroCARS is supported by the National Science Foundation—Earth Sciences (EAR-1128799) and Department of Energy—Geosciences (DE-FG02-94ER14466). PX^2 program is supported by COMPRES under NSF Cooperative Agreement EAR 11-57758. Use of the COMPRES-GSECARS gas-loading system was supported by COMPRES under NSF Cooperative Agreement EAR 11-57758 and by GSECARS. Development of the ATREX software used for data analysis is supported by NSF grant EAR1440005. Use of the Advanced Photon Source was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No.DE-AC02-06CH11357. We would like to thank three anonymous reviewers for their thorough and helpful comments, which helped to improve the quality of this manuscript, and Prof. Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya for handling this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jingui Xu
    • 1
  • Dongzhou Zhang
    • 2
  • Dawei Fan
    • 1
  • Xiang Wu
    • 3
  • Feng Shi
    • 3
  • Wenge Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory for High-Temperature and High-Pressure Study of the Earth’s Interior, Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuiyangChina
  2. 2.Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and PlanetologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Geological Processes and Mineral ResourcesChina University of GeoscienceWuhanChina

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