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Glacial Isostasy

This animation depicts the changes that occur in the mantle and crust when undergoing glacial isostasy. The animation covers both the thickening of the glacier and its subsequent melting.

Dynamic Earth - Mantle Convection

This page from the University of Leeds gives an introduction to the drivers of plate tectonics, including links to illustrations depicting ridge push/ slab pull, ridge bathymetry, mantle tomographic ...

Mantle Convection Cell

An annotated illustration showing mantle convection and its relation to plate tectonics, from the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University.

The truth about Earth's core?

This page uses the 1998 movie The Core (1998) to introduce what we actually know or suspect is true about the Earth

Plumes or reheated slabs?

A scientific discussion of the evolving conceptual model of mantle development, focusing on penetrative convection as an alternative hypothesis to plume convection.

Mantle convection currents and plate motions

This page from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, investigates the connection between mantle convection and plate tectonics. Topics discussed (with illustrations) include convection geometries, hot ...

Mantle Convection Modeling

This research page provides links to two animations of modeled mantle convection, showing the progression of convection over millions of years. There are also links to other work and publications by ...

Subducting Farallon Plate under North America

Three-dimensional seismic tomography image showing the subducting farallon plate beneath the crust of western North America. Part of Princeton University

Temporal evolution of the Farallon slab

Figure 1 from "Reconstructing Farallon Plate Subduction Beneath North America Back to the Late Cretaceous" by Liu et al, published in Science [2008, 322(5903), 934]. This figure ...

Mantle Convection

This page from LMU Munich provides a text description of mantle convection with illustrations showing the relative effects of viscosity layering, phase changes, and heating conditions.

Demonstrations of Geophysical Principles Applicable to the Properties and Processes of the Earth's Interior

These demonstrations are designed to help students develop a conceptual understanding of geophysical principles. The concepts covered in these demonstrations include rheology, seismic waves, ...

Beneath Yellowstone: Evaluating Plume and Nonplume Models Using Teleseismic Images of the Upper Mantle

In this online article published in GSA Today, the authors present recent teleseismic data bearing on the question of the depth of the mantle anomaly beneath Yellowstone, and the origin of hotspots ...

Mantle Convection using Adaptive Mesh Refinement

This page from the University of Texas at Austin gives a snapshot and brief description of an adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) global mantle convection simulation. Part of the TACC Scientific ...

Mantle Convection Movies On-Line at Caltech

This Caltech website contains movies and animations about mantle convection, along with brief summaries of the science behind it. Topics covered include supercontinents, superplumes, Australia, ...

Mantle Plumes and Mountain Building

This page presents an abstract from the American Scientist March-April 1999 issue. It discusses how the westward progress of the North American plate over the relatively stationary Yellowstone plume ...

Geochemistry of the Solid Earth I: The Mantle and Core

This site is a chapter from a book on geochemistry by Dr. W. M. White that is used in a geochemistry course at Cornell University. The 39-page PDF document discusses the composition and evolution of ...

Historical Views of the Earth

This composite image shows how conception of the deep interior of the planet has changed over the last ~350 years.

Current and Future Directions in High-Pressure Mineral Physics

The cover of the report "Current and Future Directions in High-Pressure Mineral Physics," showing the layers of the Earth and high-pressure equipment.

The Earth's Mantle

This illustration from Kellog, Hader, and van der Hilst (1999) shows their vision of a chemically stratified mantle perturbed by the downgoing subducted slabs of oceanic lithospere (blue).




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