Skip to Main Content
Skip Nav Destination
GEOREF RECORD

Elastic properties of minerals; a key for understanding the composition and temperature of Earth's interior

Jay D. Bass, Stanislav V. Sinogeikin and Baosheng Li
Elastic properties of minerals; a key for understanding the composition and temperature of Earth's interior
Elements (June 2008) 4 (3): 165-170

Abstract

Seismological studies give us a high-definition 3-D picture of the Earth's interior in terms of seismic velocity and density. Near the surface, observations of these properties can be compared with rock samples. As we go deeper into the Earth, interpretation of seismic data is more difficult. Laboratory measurements of velocities and other elastic properties of minerals are the key to understanding this seismic information, allowing us to translate it into quantities such as chemical composition, mineralogy, temperature, and preferred orientation of minerals. Here we present a description of modern techniques for measuring elastic properties at high pressures and temperatures, emphasizing those most relevant to understanding the interior of the Earth and other planets.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 4
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Elastic properties of minerals; a key for understanding the composition and temperature of Earth's interior
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Geology Department, Urbana, IL, United States
Pages: 165-170
Published: 200806
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 39
Accession Number: 2008-102399
Categories: General geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA, United StatesStony Brook University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200835
Close Modal

or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal