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Mineralogy of the Silicon-Rich Mantle: Implications for Mars and Exoplanets

Abstract With the InSight mission deploying a seismometer , Martian bulk chemical compositional models are more important than ever. Three largely consistent models for the Martian mantle have been suggested over the past two decades. Of these three, two are fairly similar and one is dramatically different. Of these three, the EH70 (Sanloup et al., 1999) models have the systematically lower divalent cation to silicon ratios as compared to the other model, the DW85 (Dreibus and Wanke, 1985) model. However, impact of such a low (Mg+Fe+Ca)/Si ratio on mineralogy has not been experimentally investigated. Measurements have been made of the mineralogy of the EH70 bulk mantle composition (Sanloup et al., 1999)) through in-situ laser-heated diamond anvil ce... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Dolinschi, Jonathan David (Author) / Shim, Sang-Heon D. (Advisor) / Desch, Steven (Committee member) / Lee, Mingming (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mineralogy / composition / mantle / mars / mineralogy / silicon
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 65 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Natural Science 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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