Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 165, Issue 3, pp 495–505 | Cite as

The effect of aluminum and water on the development of deformation fabrics of orthopyroxene

  • M. A. G. M. Manthilake
  • N. Miyajima
  • F. Heidelbach
  • V. Soustelle
  • D. J. Frost
Original Paper


The effect of alumina and water solubility on the development of fabric in orthopyroxene in response to simple shear deformation has been investigated at a pressure of 1.5 GPa and a temperature of 1,100 °C using the D-DIA apparatus. The microstructure observations at these conditions indicate that dislocation glide is the dominant deformation mechanism. In MgSiO3 enstatite and hydrous aluminous enstatite, partial dislocations bounding the stacking faults in [001] glide parallel to the (100) (or) the (100) [001] slip system. Electron backscattered diffraction analysis of anhydrous aluminous enstatite, however, indicates operation of the (010) [001] slip system, and microstructure analysis indicates dislocation movement involving [001] on both (100) and {210} planes. The strong covalent bonding induced by the occupation of M1 and T2 sites by Al could have restricted the glide on (100), activating slip on {210}. The resulting seismic anisotropies (~2 %) in orthopyroxene are weaker compared to olivine (~9.5 %), and reduced anisotropy can be expected if orthopyroxene coexists with olivine. Weak anisotropy observed in stable cratonic regions can be explained by the relatively high abundance of orthopyroxene in these rocks.


Aluminous enstatite Deformation Dislocation glide Seismic anisotropy VPSC modeling J index 



We thank H. Ni for help with the FTIR measurements, A. Tommasi for providing the VPSC software and S. Shekhar for help with the modeling, H. Schulze and U. Dittmann for sample preparation, and N. Walte and M. Mookherjee for helpful discussions. Manuscript was benefitted from the constructive reviews from Ikuo Katayama, Roland Stalder and an anonymous reviewer. Funding was provided through the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG: INST 91/204), the Free State of Bavaria and the Bayerisches Geoinstitut visiting scientist programme.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. G. M. Manthilake
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. Miyajima
    • 1
  • F. Heidelbach
    • 1
  • V. Soustelle
    • 1
  • D. J. Frost
    • 1
  1. 1.Bayerisches GeoinstitutUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Laboratoire Magmas et VolcansUniversité Blaise PascalClermont-FerrandFrance

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