Determining Mantle Temperature and Composition from Discontinuities
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This page first made public: May 17, 2010
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- Activity Description/Assignment
#1: "Hotspot" vs Ridge Temperature Activity (Microsoft Word 638kB Feb25 10)
#2: Student Handout for Temperature vs Composition Interpretations (PowerPoint 346kB Feb25 10)
#3: Phase Diagrams (Acrobat (PDF) 274kB Feb25 10)
- Instructors Notes:
For #1 above: Transition Zone Discontinuity Slides (PowerPoint 2.7MB Mar25 10). These slides include an overview of transition zone temperature and methods used to study mantle discontinuities.
For #2 and 3 above: Instructor Notes for Phase Diagram Interpretation (Microsoft Word 39kB Feb25 10). This document outlines the phase diagrams used for the temperature vs composition interpretations and suggests issues to address with students.
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For #1 above: Excel Key for Temperature Activity (Excel 33kB Feb25 10)
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