The viscosity of liquid iron at the physical conditions of the Earth's core

@article{Wijs1998TheVO,
  title={The viscosity of liquid iron at the physical conditions of the Earth's core},
  author={G. Wijs and G. Kresse and L. Vo{\vc}adlo and D. Dobson and D. Alf{\'e} and M. Gillan and G. D. Price},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1998},
  volume={392},
  pages={805-807}
}
It is thought that the Earth's outer core consists mainly of liquid iron and that the convection of this metallic liquid gives rise to the Earth's magnetic field. A full understanding of this convection is hampered, however, by uncertainty regarding the viscosity of theouter core. Viscosity estimates from various sources span no less than 12 orders of magnitude,, and it seems unlikely that thisuncertainty will be substantially reduced by experimental measurements in the near future. Here we… Expand

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