Seminar in Geophysics: Mantle Convection

An illustration of the of how convections in the Earth's crust drive plate tectonics.

One common model for how convection in the mantle drives plate tectonics. (Courtesy of USGS. Used with permission.)


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Spring 1998



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This cross-disciplinary course aims to understand the historical development and the current status of ideas and models, to present and question the constraints from the different research fields, and to investigate if and how the different views on mantle flow can be reconciled with the currently available data.

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Robert Van Der Hilst. 12.570 Seminar in Geophysics: Mantle Convection. Spring 1998. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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