Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 353–361 | Cite as

Phase relation of CaSO4 at high pressure and temperature up to 90 GPa and 2300 K

  • Taku Fujii
  • Hiroaki Ohfuji
  • Toru Inoue
Original Paper


Calcium sulfate (CaSO4), one of the major sulfate minerals in the Earth’s crust, is expected to play a major role in sulfur recycling into the deep mantle. Here, we investigated the crystal structure and phase relation of CaSO4 up to ~90 GPa and 2300 K through a series of high-pressure experiments combined with in situ X-ray diffraction. CaSO4 forms three thermodynamically stable polymorphs: anhydrite (stable below 3 GPa), monazite-type phase (stable between 3 and ~13 GPa) and barite-type phase (stable up to at least 93 GPa). Anhydrite to monazite-type phase transition is induced by pressure even at room temperature, while monazite- to barite-type transition requires heating at least to 1500 K at ~20 GPa. The barite-type phase cannot always be quenched from high temperature and is distorted to metastable AgMnO4-type structure or another modified barite structure depending on pressure. We obtained the pressure–volume data and density of anhydrite, monazite- and barite-type phases and found that their densities are lower than those calculated from the PREM model in the studied P–T conditions. This suggests that CaSO4 is gravitationally unstable in the mantle and fluid/melt phase into which sulfur dissolves and/or sulfate–sulfide speciation may play a major role in the sulfur recycling into the deep Earth.


Calcium sulfate High pressure X-ray diffraction Raman spectroscopy Phase transition 



The authors thank Prof. T Irifune for the technical support and suggestions. We also thank Dr. W. Crichton and an anonymous reviewer for their critical reviews and comments that helped to improve the present report. This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26287138 to H. O.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geodynamics Research CenterEhime UniversityMatsuyamaJapan

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