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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.581 (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Phase Transitions in the Earth's Interior 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Sang-heon Shim 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 12.581 Phase Transitions in the Earth's Interior

    Spring 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features assignments and detailed reading list.

    Course Description

    This course discusses phase transitions in Earth's interior. Phase transitions in Earth materials at high pressures and temperatures cause the seismic discontinuities and affect the convections in the Earth's interior. On the other hand, they enable us to constrain temperature and chemical compositions in the Earth's interior. However, among many known phase transitions in mineral physics, only a few have been investigated in seismology and geodynamics. This course reviews important papers about phase transitions in mantle and core materials.

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