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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.57 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Structure and Dynamics of the CMB Region 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Stephane Rondenay
    Prof. Sang-Heon (Dan) Shim 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 12.570 Structure and Dynamics of the CMB Region



    Spring 2004




    Course Highlights


    This course includes lecture notes and a reading list.


    Course Description


    The Core Mantle Boundary (CMB) represents one of the most important physical and chemical discontinuities of the deep Earth as it separates the solid state, convective lower mantle from the liquid outer core. In this seminar course, the instructors will examine our current understanding of the CMB region from integrated seismological, mineral physics and geodynamical perspectives. Instructors will also introduce state-of-the-art methodologies that are employed to characterize the CMB region and relevant papers will be discussed in class. Topics will include CMB detection and topography, D'' anisotropy, seismic velocity anomalies (e.g., ultra-low velocity zones), temperature, chemical reactions, phase relations, and mineral fabrications at the core-mantle boundary. These results will be integrated to address the CMB's fundamental role in both mantle and core dynamics.
     

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