The nature of mantle flow and its role in Earth’s thermal and chemical evolution

Session ID#: 25659

Session Description:
Mantle flow plays a crucial role in Earth’s thermal and chemical evolution. It is responsible for secular cooling of the Earth, the creation and destruction of mantle chemical heterogeneity, and the distribution of dynamic topography. This session aims to better constrain the nature of mantle flow, and invites contributions from (1) seismic observations and constraints of flow features; (2) laboratory experiments on physical properties that control mantle flow; (3) geodynamic modeling that connects surface observables to deep mantle structure; (4) geochemical constraints on the preservation and/or destruction of heterogeneity associated with mantle flow; and (5) all studies that use surface observations, novel data collection, and visualization techniques to understand deep mantle flow. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, dynamics of mantle plumes and influences on hotspot motion, seismic imaging and mantle flow, long-wavelength mantle flow and supercontinent cycles, flow induced surface topography, and tomography-based simulations of mantle flow.
Primary Convener:  Mingming Li, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States; University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Physics, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners:  Curtis D Williams, University of California Davis, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Davis, CA, United States, Rene Gassmoeller, Colorado State University, Mathematics, Fort Collins, CO, United States and Kasra Hosseini, University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, United Kingdom

  • EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
  • MR - Mineral and Rock Physics
  • S - Seismology
  • V - Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Maureen D Long, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States
Lorenzo Colli, Siavash Ghelichkhan, Hans-Peter Bunge and Jens Oeser, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Maelis Arnould, LGLTPE Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon : Terre, Planètes et Environnement, Villeurbanne Cedex, France, Nicolas E Flament, University of Wollongong, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wollongong, Australia, Nicolas Coltice, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France and Dietmar Müller, Univ Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Zhenshan Wang, Dongping Wei, Mengxue Liu, Yanan Shi and Shaopo Wang, Key Laboratory of Computational Geodynamics, College of Earth Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Hao Liu and Wei Leng, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Petar Glisovic, Université du Québec à Montréal, GEOTOP, Montreal, QC, Canada and Alessandro M Forte, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States
Lauren Waszek, New Mexico State University, Main Campus, Las Cruces, NM, United States, Nicholas C Schmerr, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, Maxim Ballmer, ETH Zurich, Institute of Geophysics, Zurich, Switzerland, Andrew Joseph-Harding Eagon, University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Whitewater, WI, United States, Anna M. Bishop Courtier, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, United States and Vedran Lekic, University of Maryland, Department of Geology, Washington, DC, United States
Maria Tsekhmistrenko, Karin Sigloch and Seyed Kasra Hosseini Zad, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Keely Anne O'Farrell, University of Kentucky, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lexington, KY, United States, Caroline M Eakin, Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences, Canberra, ACT, Australia, Matthew G Jackson, University of California, Earth Science, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, Timothy D Jones, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Vedran Lekic, University of Maryland, Department of Geology, Washington, DC, United States and Carolina R Lithgow-Bertelloni, University College London, London, United Kingdom