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No notes for slide. The earths mantle composition structure and evolution 1. Interdisciplinary in scope, The Earth's Mantle is a comprehensive overview of the composition, structure and evolution of the mantle layer that strikes a balance between established consensus and continuing controversy. Written by internationally recognized scientists, the book provides an authoritative review of this important part of our planet.

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Now customize the name of a clipboard to store your clips. Visibility Others can see my Clipboard. Here, we modeled high-pressure properties of the granitic assemblage by using ab initio mineral physics data of grossular garnet, K-hollandite, jadeite, stishovite, and calcium ferrite CF -type phase. Above this pressure, granitic material becomes less dense than a pyrolite. This indicates that the granitic assemblage becomes gravitationally stable at the base of the mantle transition zone MTZ.

Comparison of the velocities between granitic and pyrolitic materials shows that granitic materials can produce substantial velocity anomalies in the MTZ and the uppermost lower mantle LM. Seismic observations such as anomalously fast velocities, especially for the shear wave, around the km discontinuity, the complexity of km discontinuity, and the scatterers in the uppermost LM could be associated with the subducted granitic materials.

The flows in the subduction channels with wet mantle wedge are calculated by 1-D finite difference method with fine numerical resolutions. The water content largely affects the viscosity of the mantle wedge.

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However, little is known about the effect of the water content in the mantle wedge on the subduction channels. Here, in order to estimate the supply rate of continental materials to the deep mantle with water-rich environment on the mantle wedge, we have conducted a numerical simulation of a subduction channel. The results show that the water content controls the flux of the continental materials especially when temperature of mantle wedge is high.

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Therefore, the water content of the mantle wedge can be more important in the ancient mantle because of its high temperature. Earth composition models rely on three types of information: petrological sampling, geophysical sounding, and cosmochemical constraints. The constraints brought by the petrological approach are dominant for the upperparts of the Mantle, whereas geophysical constraints play a crucial role for estimating deep Earth lower mantle and core composition.

Since a direct sampling of the deep Earth is not possible, chemical constraints are mainly brought by the composition of primitive chondrites.


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In the more general approach, chondritic refractory lithophile elements RLE ratios are used to infer their content in the mantle. These chondrites are the closest to the Earth in terms of isotopic composition as well as redox state and can be used to infer the composition of the deep Earth following a mass balance approach. In this paper, we first review the main characteristics of E-Chondrites in relation to the isotopic and redox characteristics of the Earth.

We then present the main steps of the determination of the Earth composition based on a generic model of E-chondrites, and we then expand our previous results to the content of some minor and major trace elements in the deep mantle. The general characteristics of E-Earth compositions and their consequences for Earth differentiation and dynamics are discussed, and paths for further improvements of the model are presented. It is well established, for example, that in a chondritic Earth, the present-day continental mass does not contain a large enough budget of trace elements to balance depletion of the whole mantle.

This result was taken as evidence that a hidden reservoir, either primitive or enriched in incompatible elements, segregated early in the history of the Earth and remained since then isolated from the convective system. This common view, however, is now being reconsidered, as Sm— Nd studies of planetary and meteoritic material show that the bulk silicate Earth may in fact not have perfectly chondritic abundances of refractory lithophile elements, as has been assumed.

This observation represents a challenge to compositional models of the Earth, which are systematically anchored on chondritic reference parameters. Chemical geodynamic models, based on mass balance relationships between the depleted, primitive, and enriched silicate reservoirs, would also need to be reconsidered. The trace element pattern obtained for the PM using this super-chondritic Earth model SCHEM suggests that the proto-Earth accreted from material depleted in incompatible elements compared to chondrites, most likely as a result of preferential impact erosion of shallow crustal reservoirs during the early stage of accretion.

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These primordial heterogeneities, however, are unlikely to represent a large reservoir, as most of the mantle appears to have been thoroughly degassed and depleted by crustal extraction. The detected energy is in agreement with stronger scattering, i. Lateral variations in heterogeneity structure can also be detected through differences in scattered energy amplitude. We use an application of the F -statistic in the array processing allowing us a precise measurement of the incidence angles slowness and backazimuth of the scattered energy.

The directivity information of the array data allows an accurate location of the scattering origin. Sebastian Rost, Paul S. Earle, Peter M. Shearer, Daniel A. Frost, Neil D. Since , we have known that perovskite, the most abundant mineral in the lower mantle , has the capacity to transform to a denser structure, post-perovskite, if subjected to sufficiently high temperature and pressure. But does post-perovskite exist inside the Earth?

And if it does, do we have the resources to locate it seismically? In this chapter, we present an overview of what we know about the perovskite-to-post-perovskite phase transformation from mineral physics, and how this can be translated into seismic structure. In light of these constraints, we evaluate the current lines of evidence from global and regional seismology which have been used to indicate that post-perovskite is likely present in the deep mantle.

It is generally accepted that these provinces are hotter than background mantle and are likely the main source of mantle plumes. In addition, it has been proposed that hotspots and the reconstructed eruption sites of large igneous provinces correlate in location with LLSVP margins. In this paper, we review recent results which indicate that the majority of these constraints do not require thermo-chemical piles: they are equally well or poorly explained by thermal heterogeneity alone.

Modelled physical structure temperature, pressure and composition is converted into seismic velocities via a thermodynamic approach that accounts for elastic, anelastic and phase contributions and, subsequently, a tomographic resolution filter is applied to account for the damping and geographic bias inherent to seismic imaging. All numerical simulations are performed for approximately 4. In both cases, extremely high-viscosity structures are found in the lower mantle due to the high efficiency of heat transfer of hydrous mantle convection Nakagawa et al.

As shown in Fig. Since we also assume that a density reduction occurs due to the hydration of the mantle minerals Nakagawa et al. Top: without phase H old look-up database ; bottom: with DHMS solubility effects new look-up database. The water content in the mantle transition zone in these cases ranges from 0. This range is similar to those inferred from the electrical conductivity structure of the mantle transition zone e. Moreover, these results also seem to be consistent with the measurements of the water content of diamond inclusions in wadsleyite Pearson et al.

Comparing a cold temperature profile with the water solubility map in Fig. Over 4. Both cases are started with 12 ocean masses in total amount of water. This means that, for the mantle water mass, 9. In Figs. The procedures for computing these water fluxes can be found in Nakagawa and Iwamori and Nakagawa and Spiegelman They are given as follows:.

Thus, the surface seawater is gradually reduced by the ingassing process with surface plate motion.

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This means that the DHMS solubility field is less sensitive to the physical processes of the mantle water cycle. Water flux diagnostics with and without DHMS solubility as function of time. To assess the model sensitivities to the total amount of water in the planetary system, Fig. This implies that the total amount of water in the planetary system should be preferably in about 12 ocean masses, for the surface seawater to be consistent with the surface seawater on the present-day Earth.

This preferred amount of water coincides with the storage capacity of the silicate mantle, as mentioned above Iwamori , although the mantle temperature reproduced in this study e. This indicates that 1 DHMS in the lower mantle, which was ignored in Iwamori , plays a minor role, and 2 the present-day mantle could contain a maximum amount of water due to continuous hydration Fig.

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The apparent difference in the estimated amount of water i. Temporal variations in the mass of a surface seawater, b mantle temperature, and c surface mobility varying with the total amount of water in the entire planetary system. For cases with 12 and 15 ocean masses, the mantle behaviors water content and surface mobility are the same due to the remaining surface seawater.

Regarding the surface mobility, which is one diagnostic for assessing the occurrence of plate-like behavior and is computed as the ratio of surface velocity to the root mean square of the convective velocity of the entire mantle bottom of Fig. To confirm this hypothesis, Fig.