Oxygen thermobarometry of the Semail harzburgite massif, Oman and United Arab Emirates

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Mössbauer spectra for 15 spinels separated from sub-oceanic, upper-mantle tectonic peridotites from the Ibra, Hatta and Dibba areas, Semail massif, were measured in an effort to determine their Fe3+ contents. The determined Fe3+ fractions were used to calculate oxygen fugacity. The average Δfo2 (relative to FMQ) is -1.11 ± 0.4 log-units. This is in agreement with that reported for abyssal peridotites (-0.9 ± 0.7 log units relative to FMQ) and the erogenic massif of Ronda (-1.1 ± 0.7 relative to FMQ), and in contrast to the oxidized continental xenolith (+0.24 ± 0.5 relative to FMQ).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-163
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Mineralogy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1996



  • Oman
  • Oxygen fugacity
  • Semail massif
  • Thermobarometry
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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