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Title: Halogen Bearing Amphiboles, Aqueous Fluids, and Melts in Subduction Zones: Insights on Halogen Cycle From Electrical Conductivity
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1753125 1763215
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Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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