Dynamical influences of pressure-dependent thermal expansivity on mantle convection

David A Yuen, A. M. Leitch, U. Hansen

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Recent experimental and theoretical studies have found a strong dependence of thermal expansion coefficient as a function of density and, conversely, of pressure. These experimental data have also important implications on the variations of the proportionality constant between seismic velocities and density as a function of pressure. Compressible convection in the lower mantle behaves more like incompressible convection in the presence of strong depth-dependence of thermal expansivity. With depth-dependent thermal conductivity the lower mantle is heated up and the thermal boundary layer at the core-mantle boundary is broadened. Large aspect-ratio cells are favored in time-dependent convection with depth-dependent thermal expansivity. The ascending flows in this type of time-dependent convection are found to remain relatively fixed with respect to one another. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-701
Number of pages39
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


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