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Mineral physics of the mantle

Stixrude, L; (1995) Mineral physics of the mantle. Reviews of Geophysics , 33 425 - 428. 10.1029/95RG00741. Green open access

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The last few years have seen intense interest in the global environment and climate change, and with it an increasing appreciation for the interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans and the solid earth. In solid earth geophysics, the traditional boundaries between the earth's fluid and solid spheres have been breached by the growing body of evidence that they may physically communicate on a massive scale, that atmospheric constituents, under certain conditions, may be transported to and stored within the deepest parts of the earth. Of course there has for some time been an appreciation for influence of mantle dynamics, the driving force of plate tectonics, volcanism, and seismicity, on surface processes. However, perhaps nothing illustrates the essential connections better than visualizing, now with some experimental and observational support, a tropospheric molecule, transported through sedimentary and tectonic agents 3000 km to the core mantle boundary, only to rise again, perhaps many millions of years later in a volcanic eruption.

Type: Article
Title: Mineral physics of the mantle
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1029/95RG00741
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/95RG00741
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright 1995 by the American Geophysical Union
Keywords: Pressure-induced amorphization, Deep-focus earthquakes, Earth's upper mantle, X-ray-diffraction, Siderophile elements, High-temperature, Transition zone, Silicate perovskite, Static compression, Metastable olivine
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/82957
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