Experimental test of the viscous anisotropy hypothesis for partially molten rocks

  title={Experimental test of the viscous anisotropy hypothesis for partially molten rocks},
  author={Chao Qi and David L. Kohlstedt and Richard F. Katz and Yasuko Takei},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={12616 - 12620}
Significance Partially molten regions of Earth link mantle convection with surface volcanism. We present laboratory experiments and theory that are at the heart of understanding the connection between these interior and surface processes. The theory proposes that the presence of melt fundamentally changes the style of deformation, making it anisotropic with leading-order, testable consequences. The laboratory results are in agreement with theoretical predictions. These results are novel at a… 

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