I’ve just issued an update to the igneous set of x-eos, involving tiny changes to the thermo of orthopyroxene. This should prevent high-Ca orthopyroxene from being stable, as has been seen in some calculations on peridotite. I’ll let Jamie Connolly know, so hopefully this change will shortly be implemented in Perple_X too.
As Melbourne goes back into lockdown, we reach the end of a bruising semester. Many apologies to those who have asked me questions recently and got no answer. Please ask again if your problem is still outstanding, as I have lost track of who you are.
Much appreciation to those of you who are, or soon will be, training the next generation of practical petrologists over the internet – and also to those budding petrologists who are being trained!
I hope all of you and your folks are safe and well,
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We’re delighted to welcome Simon to Melbourne, where he began his stay with a trip to Prahran market (left). Simon will be learning about xeos development with Eleanor, aiming to calibrate a single clinopyroxene HPx-eos to replace the three that are currently used in different geological contexts. He will also help to manage this website.
Simon recently gained his PhD, working with Johann Diener at the University of Cape Town, with a thesis entitled High-temperature metamorphism in the western Namaqua-Natal Metamorphic Province (South Africa): implications for low-pressure granulite terranes.
A wonderful week as usual, this time in lovely Barcelona!
Eleanor is in Barcelona at the pre-Goldschmidt ENKI workshop, run by Mark Ghiorso and Aaron Wolf. ENKI is intended to provide an environment in which thermodynamic datasets and a-x relations can be developed and used in exceedingly flexible ways. So far it seems very promising – an admirable community software project! We will aim to implement the HPx-eos within ENKI.
This is getting underway, and we look forward to introducing some new team members to work on this project!
Photo: Melbourne’s beautiful CBD in the evening light
Now that the semester is over, Eleanor is writing a lot:
- the website
- the transparency paper: clarifying some aspects of the modelling that have been left unclear after recent developments
- the “uncertainties” paper – really about sensitivity as much as uncertainty: looking at what we can say about uncertainties in the modelling, and contrasting it with what we’d like to say.
RP is away, so all is quiet!