The dynamics of convection and the mechanical behavior of the lithosphere are controlled by the rheology of upper mantle rocks. For this reason, experimental and theoretical studies on the rheology of olivine aggregates have been fields of active research for at least the last 35 years. In this short-course paper, I briefly review some experimental and theoretical constraints on the rheology of upper mantle rocks and minerals and then discuss the application of these data for understanding the rheology of the upper mantle in different tectonic environments. There is an expansive literature on the subject of mantle rheology; extensive reviews...

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