Unit Affiliation: Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
The study aims to constrain the temperatures, timing, and fluid composition of both active low-T systems and fossil high-T systems through chemical and isotopic analyses. This will show which factors control efficient carbonation of peridotite, expand thermodynamic models of phase equilibriums incorporating solid solution models, and provide cross-calibration of isotope thermometers.
OUTCOMES: Low-T mineral carbonation forms from 1) surficial weathering of peridotite to form Mg-HCO3; 2) such fluids migrate deeper and precipitate serpentine+magnetite+Mg-rich carbonate minerals while creating Ca(OH)2 rich waters; 3) these waters emerge in springs and combine with atmospheric CO2 to form calcite travertine deposits. Carbonate veins are formed at low-T and Listvenites are formed at high-T. Calibrating the clumped isotope thermometry method for magnesite. Discovered a new reservoir for carbon in the leading edge of mantle wedges above Subduction zones. Advanced understanding of reaction driven cracking. 25 journal publications.
Collaborative Research: EAR-Climate: Linkages Between Glacio-climatic, Hydrothermal, and Volcanic Processes in the Central Andes