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Type: Journal article
Title: XAS evidence for the stability of polytellurides in hydrothermal fluids up to 599ºC, 800 bar
Other Titles: XAS evidence for the stability of polytellurides in hydrothermal fluids up to 599 degree(s) C, 800 bar
Author: Brugger, J.
Etschmann, B.
Grundler, P.
Liu, W.
Testemale, D.
Pring, A.
Citation: American Mineralogist: an international journal of earth and planetary materials, 2012; 97(8):1519-1522
Publisher: Mineralogical Soc Amer
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0003-004X
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Joël Brugger, Barbara E. Etschmann, Pascal V. Grundler, Weihua Liu, Denis Testemale and Allan Pring
Abstract: Although the crustal abundance of tellurium (Te) is about half of that of gold (Au), several classes of Au deposits are highly enriched in Te. Our understanding of the nature of this Au-Te association is hampered by the lack of experimental studies of Te geochemistry at elevated temperature. We characterized the structure of polytelluride solutions from room temperature to 599ºC at 800 bar using in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Both ab-initio XANES and EXAFS fits show that polytellurides are stable up to the highest temperature with planar structures (four-or threefold coordination of Te) giving way to linear chaines (e.g. Te2-ion) at temperatures above --200ºC. This is the first experimental confirmation of the thermal stability of polytelluride species. The data shows that polytellurides play an important role in Te transport in reduced S-rich or CO2-rich solutions and vapors.
Keywords: Tellurium
aqueous speciation
X-ray absorption spectroscopy
hydrothermal ore deposits
Rights: Copyright © 2012 Mineralogical Society of America. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.2138/am.2012.4167
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