Heat capacity of hydrous trachybasalt from Mt Etna: comparison with CaAl2Si2O8 (An)–CaMgSi2O6 (Di) as basaltic proxy compositions

  • D. GiordanoEmail author
  • A. R. L. Nichols
  • M. Potuzak
  • D. Di Genova
  • C. Romano
  • J. K. Russell
Original Paper


The specific heat capacity (C p) of six variably hydrated (~3.5 wt% H2O) iron-bearing Etna trachybasaltic glasses and liquids has been measured using differential scanning calorimetry from room temperature across the glass transition region. These data are compared to heat capacity measurements on thirteen melt compositions in the iron-free anorthite (An)–diopside (Di) system over a similar range of H2O contents. These data extend considerably the published C p measurements for hydrous melts and glasses. The results for the Etna trachybasalts show nonlinear variations in, both, the heat capacity of the glass at the onset of the glass transition (i.e., C p g ) and the fully relaxed liquid (i.e., C p l ) with increasing H2O content. Similarly, the “configurational heat capacity” (i.e., C p c  = C p l  − C p g ) varies nonlinearly with H2O content. The An–Di hydrous compositions investigated show similar trends, with C p values varying as a function of melt composition and H2O content. The results show that values in hydrous C p g , C p l and C p c in the depolymerized glasses and liquids are substantially different from those observed for more polymerized hydrous albitic, leucogranitic, trachytic and phonolitic multicomponent compositions previously investigated. Polymerized melts have lower C p l and C p c and higher C p g with respect to more depolymerized compositions. The covariation between C p values and the degree of polymerization in glasses and melts is well described in terms of SMhydrous and NBO/T hydrous. Values of C p c increase sharply with increasing depolymerization up to SMhydrous ~ 30–35 mol% (NBO/T hydrous ~ 0.5) and then stabilize to an almost constant value. The partial molar heat capacity of H2O for both glasses (\( C_{{{\text{p}}\;{\text{H}}_{2} {\text{O}}}}^{\text{g}} \)) and liquids (\( C_{{{\text{p}}\;{\text{H}}_{2} {\text{O}}}}^{\text{l}} \)) appears to be independent of composition and, assuming ideal mixing, we obtain a value for \( C_{{{\text{p}}\;{\text{H}}_{2} {\text{O}}}}^{\text{l}} \) of 79 J mol−1 K−1. However, we note that a range of values for \( C_{{{\text{p}}\;{\text{H}}_{2} {\text{O}}}}^{\text{l}} \) (i.e., ~78–87 J mol−1 K−1) proposed by previous workers will reproduce the extended data to within experimental uncertainty. Our analysis suggests that more data are required in order to ascribe a compositional dependence (i.e., nonideal mixing) to \( C_{{{\text{p}}\;{\text{H}}_{2} {\text{O}}}}^{\text{l}} \).


Specific heat Etna trachybasalt Anorthite–diopside Hydrous silicate melts 



The authors would like to acknowledge two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments that have led to clarification of the initial manuscript. J.K.R. acknowledges financial support for this research from grants awarded through the NSERC Discovery and Discovery Accelerator Supplements programs. D. Giordano acknowledges financial support for this research from the local research funds (2012, 2013, 2014) of the University of Turin.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Giordano
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. R. L. Nichols
    • 2
  • M. Potuzak
    • 3
  • D. Di Genova
    • 4
  • C. Romano
    • 5
  • J. K. Russell
    • 6
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversita’ degli Studi di TorinoTurinItaly
  2. 2.Research and Development Center for Ocean Drilling ScienceJapan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)YokosukaJapan
  3. 3.Science and Technology DivisionCorning IncorporatedCorningUSA
  4. 4.Department for Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of MunichMunichGermany
  5. 5.Dipartimento di ScienzeUniversità degli Studi Roma TreRomeItaly
  6. 6.Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric SciencesThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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