Knowledge of the structure and properties of minerals plays the crucial role in understanding and interpreting geological and geophysical observations; without the input of such data it is not possible to derive a unique model for the structure and composition of the interior of the Earth at any level, whether in the crust or the lower mantle. Recent decades have seen great advances in the resolution and precision of geophysical and geological measurements, for example the development of high-resolution seismic tomography, that have driven the experimental community to provide more precise and accurate measurements of physical and thermodynamic properties of...

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