Hydrogen isotope fractionation in the system brucite-water ± NaCl to elevated temperatures and pressures: Implications for the isotopic property of NaCl fluids under geologic conditions

Juske Horita, Thomas Driesner, David R. Cole

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Abstract

A series of hydrothermal experiments have been conducted to determine equilibrium D/H fractionations between brucite and water as a function of temperature (200–600 °C), pressure (2.1–800 MPa), and dissolved NaCl (0–5 molal or 0–22.6 wt%). Along with our previous study, a total of 39 data points show that pressure and dissolved NaCl both increase the D/H fractionation factor at a given temperature. Theoretical treatment allowed a first direct comparison of experimental and theoretical results of brucite-water D/H fractionation at a zero pressure limit. After correcting the pressure effects on brucite D/H partition function ratios (β-factor), the isotope effects of pressure and dissolved NaCl on the D/H β-factor of water were for the first time rigorously evaluated. There is a good linear relationship between the D/H β-factor of the aqueous NaCl solutions and their densities of at a given temperature. A good, pseudo-linear relationship observed between the density of aqueous NaCl solutions and the maximum intensity of the asymmetric O–H vibrational frequency of water in turn suggests that this frequency is a fundamental property that determines the β-factor of water at elevated temperatures and pressures. Our study suggests that the density of aqueous solutions (ρaq-soln) could be used as a primary parameter to predict the effects of pressure and NaCl compositions on the β-factor of water under geologic conditions encountered in the crust and upper mantle: Δ103lnβwat/Δρaq-soln = −0.0111 (±0.0012), where Δ is a difference in the value of 103lnβwat orρaq-soln, and ρaq-soln in kg m−3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-152
Number of pages13
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Volume235
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2018

Keywords

  • Hydrogen isotopes
  • brucite
  • water

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