I. First steps towards modeling a multi-scale earth system

Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, Thomas Poulet, Delphine Siret, Florian Fusseis, Jie Liu, Klaus Gessner, Oliver Gaede, Gabriele Morra, Bruce E Hobbs, Alison Ord, Hans Muhlhaus, David A Yuen, Roberto Weinberg, Gideon Rosenbaum

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Recent advances in computational geodynamics are applied to explore the link between Earth's heat, its chemistry and its mechanical behavior. Computational thermal-mechanical solutions are now allowing us to understand Earth patterns by solving the basic physics of heat transfer. This approach is currently used to solve basic convection patterns of terrestrial planets. Applying the same methodology to smaller scales delivers promising similarities between observed and predicted structures which are often the site of mineral deposits. The new approach involves a fully coupled solution to the energy, momentum and continuity equations of the system at all scales, allowing the prediction of fractures, shear zones and other typical geological patterns out of a randomly perturbed initial state. The results of this approach are linking a global geodynamic mechanical framework over regional-scale mineral deposits down to the underlying micro-scale processes. Ongoing work includes the challenge of incorporating chemistry into the formulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Geocomputing
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Earth Sciences
ISSN (Print)09300317

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