The subduction of serpentinized slabs is the dominant process to transport “water” into Earth's mantle, and plays a pivotal role for subduction dynamics. Antigorite, the most abundant serpentine mineral in subduction settings, may imprint a seismic signature on serpentinized slabs, making them seismically distinguishable from the dry, non-serpentinized ones. However, the complete single-crystal elasticity of antigorite has not been experimentally constrained at high pressures, hindering the use of seismological approaches to detect serpentinization in subducting slabs. Here, we report the full elastic stiffness tensor of antigorite by single-crystal Brillouin spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction up to 7.71(5) GPa. We use our results to model seismic properties of antigorite-bearing rocks and show that their seismological detectability depends on the geometrical relation between seismic wave paths and foliation of serpentinized rocks. In particular, we demonstrate that seismic shear anisotropy shows low sensitivity to serpentinization for a range of relevant geometries.

Satta, N., Grafulha Morales, L., Criniti, G., Kurnosov, A., Boffa Ballaran, T., Speziale, S., et al. (2022). Single-Crystal Elasticity of Antigorite at High Pressures and Seismic Detection of Serpentinized Slabs. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 49(16) [10.1029/2022GL099411].

Single-Crystal Elasticity of Antigorite at High Pressures and Seismic Detection of Serpentinized Slabs

Capitani G. C.;
2022

Abstract

The subduction of serpentinized slabs is the dominant process to transport “water” into Earth's mantle, and plays a pivotal role for subduction dynamics. Antigorite, the most abundant serpentine mineral in subduction settings, may imprint a seismic signature on serpentinized slabs, making them seismically distinguishable from the dry, non-serpentinized ones. However, the complete single-crystal elasticity of antigorite has not been experimentally constrained at high pressures, hindering the use of seismological approaches to detect serpentinization in subducting slabs. Here, we report the full elastic stiffness tensor of antigorite by single-crystal Brillouin spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction up to 7.71(5) GPa. We use our results to model seismic properties of antigorite-bearing rocks and show that their seismological detectability depends on the geometrical relation between seismic wave paths and foliation of serpentinized rocks. In particular, we demonstrate that seismic shear anisotropy shows low sensitivity to serpentinization for a range of relevant geometries.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
antigorite; Brillouin spectroscopy; elasticity; seismic anisotropy; serpentine; shear wave splitting
English
9-ago-2022
2022
49
16
e2022GL099411
open
Satta, N., Grafulha Morales, L., Criniti, G., Kurnosov, A., Boffa Ballaran, T., Speziale, S., et al. (2022). Single-Crystal Elasticity of Antigorite at High Pressures and Seismic Detection of Serpentinized Slabs. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 49(16) [10.1029/2022GL099411].
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