Grain Growth Rates of MgSiO3 Perovskite and Periclase Under Lower Mantle Conditions

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Science  20 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5295, pp. 2052-2054
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5295.2052


The grain growth rates of MgSiO3 perovskite and periclase in aggregates have been determined at 25 gigapascals and 1573 to 2173 kelvin. The average grain size (G) was fitted to the rate equation, and the grain growth rates of perovskite and periclase were G10.6 = 1 × 10−57.4 t exp(−320.8/RT) and G10.8 = 1 × 10−62.3 t exp(−247.0/RT), respectively, where t is the time, R is the gas constant, and T is the absolute temperature. These growth rates provide insight into the mechanism for grain growth in minerals relevant to the Earth's lower mantle that will ultimately help define the rheology of the lower mantle.