In 1991 Murthy (University of Minnesota) published a paper in Science (Murthy, 1991) that drove a lot of the core-formation community crazy. Murthy took results from individual metal-silicate partitioning experiments and extrapolated the results to very high temperatures. He believed the results of these calculations explained the high siderophile element contents of the Earth’s upper mantle.

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In addition to Drake and myself, it also drove Hugh O’Neill (ANU) and Chris Capobianco (UA) crazy. O’Neill and I submitted rebuttals to the Murthy Science paper and discovered that Science did not view critiques of their published papers favourably. Science reserved...

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