Characterization of rock-forming processes requires laboratory experiments to determine physicochemical properties of these materials or their analog model compounds at high temperatures and high pressures. Those data are, however, only useful to earth scientists when integrated with observational and theoretical information. Ikuo Kushiro approaches experiments with this integrated view as his guiding light. He does experimental petrology, geochemistry, and geophysics with the clear understanding that the experimental data provide only a piece of a more complex puzzle. All too often we ask what experiments can be carried out and how to interpret the experimental data. Then we look for an...

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