Multiple-Scale Convection in the Earth's Mantle: A Three-Dimensional Study.

Abstract

Laboratory experiments suggest that a convective regime characterized by two length scales of motion is a reasonable model for circulations in the earth's upper mantle. The flows of largest horizontal scale represent a likely plate-driving mechanism, required by some theories of plate tectonics. It is also suggested that the small-scale circulations could influence the chemical evolution of the mantle by extracting primitive mantle material that is otherwise entrained in the large-scale flow.

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@article{Carrigan1982MultipleScaleCI, title={Multiple-Scale Convection in the Earth's Mantle: A Three-Dimensional Study.}, author={Charles R. Carrigan}, journal={Science}, year={1982}, volume={215 4535}, pages={965-7} }