SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 at 10:30am CST
Speaker: Juliane Dannberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida
Host: Thorsten Becker
Title: Interactions between Mantle Convection, Plate Tectonics, and Material Recycling in the Earth’s Interior
Abstract: Earth’s interior is largely inaccessible to direct observations, and it remains a fundamental challenge to infer its complex dynamics and to explain how it shapes our planet. I will talk about how we can use computational models of the coupled system of plate motions at the Earth’s surface and convective flow in the Earth’s interior to better understand what drives plate tectonics, how material from the Earth’s surface is recycled through its interior, reaching the surface again as part of massive volcanic eruptions, and what processes control the formation of ocean islands.