A fluid-dynamical model of differentiation and layering in magma chambers

@article{Turner1980AFM,
  title={A fluid-dynamical model of differentiation and layering in magma chambers},
  author={Jonathan S. Turner},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1980},
  volume={285},
  pages={213-215}
}
Large igneous intrusions characteristically have a systematic gradation in mineral composition from top to bottom, often associated with a horizontally layered structure on several scales1,2. Current theories3 invoke the settling of denser crystals as the mechanism responsible for separating the various components from the solidifying melt. However, recent laboratory experiments4,5, using crystallization from aqueous solutions to model the essential fluid-dynamical processes, have documented… CONTINUE READING

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