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Seminar info and schedule

For the winter semester 2016 we'll focus our reading and discussions on lithospheric delamination and lithospheric stability. The lithosphere is cycled back into the deeper mantle by two main processes: Subduction and delamination. Delamination refers to the process by which the lower portion of the lithosphere detaches and sinks into the asthenosphere. Delamination is thought to be an important process in the evolution and uplift of modern mountains like the central Andes or Sierra Nevada mountains in the western US, and may have also played a role in the earlier evolution of stable cratonic regions like Fennoscandia. In the course, we’ll read papers and discuss the delamination process and how it is thought to operate, the rheology of the lithosphere and its role in delamination, the predictions and evidence of lithospheric delamination in modern and ancient settings, and other important questions such as why doesn’t delamination occur in cratonic regions where the lithosphere is thick? 

Seminars will take place at 12-14 in room CK108 of the Exactum. You may also want to see more information about the general format of the seminar.

 A tentative schedule of readings is below.

DateDiscussion leader(s)Topic and papersPaper rating
21.1.2016n/aOrganizational meeting. 
28.1.2016n/aSelection of seminar meeting topic, suggested papers to discuss, ideas for other topics, etc. 
4.2.2016Eemu and Julien

Basic ideas of lithospheric delamination

Supplemental reading

  • None

Ducea: 3.5

Bird: 3.0

11.2.2016Cyprien and Simone

Delamination and delamination volcanism

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.3
18.2.2016Guillem and Martin

Crustal eclogitization and lithospheric delamination

Supplemental reading

  • None
4.2
25.2.2016Nelli and Jorina

Continental delamination: Insights from laboratory models

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.3
3.3.2016Dave and Lars

Convective lithospheric removal and the Colorado Plateau

Supplemental reading

 
17.3.2016Eemu and Julien

Delamination beneath the Sierra Nevada mountains

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.1
31.3.2016Dave

Rejuvenation and erosion of the cratonic lithosphere

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.2
7.4.2016Cyprien and Simone

Dynamics of cratons in an evolving mantle

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.0
14.4.2016Guillem and Martin

Water in the mantle and its effect on the lithosphere

Supplemental reading

  • None

Hirth:
3.1

Peslier:
2.9 

21.4.2016Lars

Does the mantle control the maximum thickness of cratons?

Supplemental reading

  • None
4.0
28.4.2016Nelli and Jorina

Destruction of the North China Craton

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.0
Papers under consideration

General background


Numerical models


Field evidence of delamination


Geophysical evidence of delamination

 

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