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AuthorsMasotta, M.* 
Mollo, S.* 
Freda, C.* 
Gaeta, M.* 
Moore, G.* 
TitleClinopyroxene–liquid thermometers and barometers specific to alkaline differentiated magmas
Issue Date2013
Series/Report no./166(2013)
DOI10.1007/s00410-013-0927-9
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/8923
KeywordsThermometers and barometers
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.04. Geology::04.04.05. Mineralogy and petrology 
AbstractWe present new thermometers and barometers based on clinopyroxene–liquid equilibria specific to alkaline differentiated magmas. The new models were calibrated through the regression analyses of experimental datasets obtained by merging phase equilibria experiments from the literature with new experiments performed by using trachytic and phonolitic starting compositions. The regression strategy was twofold: (1) we have tested previous thermometric and barometric equations and recalibrated these models using the new datasets; (2) we have calibrated a new thermometer and a new barometer including only regression parameters that closely describe the compositional variability of the datasets. The new models yield more precise estimates than previous thermometers and barometers when used to predict temperatures and pressures of alkaline differentiated magmas. We have tested the reliability of the new equations by using clinopyroxene–liquid pairs from trachytes and phonolites erupted during major explosive eruptions at the Phlegrean Fields and Mt. Vesuvius (central Italy). The test yielded crystallization conditions comparable to those determined by means of melt and fluid inclusion analyses and phase equilibria studies; this validates the use of the proposed models for precise estimates of crystallization temperatures and pressures in differentiated alkaline magmas. Because these magmas feed some of the most voluminous, explosive, and threatening volcanic eruptions in the world, a better understanding of the environmental conditions of their reservoirs is mandatory and this is now possible with the new models provided here.
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