Lagrangian avenues of transport in the Earth's mantle

Judit Schneider, Joerg Schmalzl, T. Tél

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Abstract

A method of visualizing and characterizing stirring structures of high Rayleigh number geophysical flows whose time dependence is strongly aperiodic is presented. To this end, the system is leaked by defining a smaller region of the flow, so that a particle is considered to be escaped if it enters this region. By means of an ensemble of nonescaped tracers, we are able to characterize stirring and transport processes by visualizing the converging and stretching filamentations (stable and unstable manifolds) in the flow. The method indicates that the present-day Earth's mantle is not well stirred because the time that has passed since the formation of the Earth has not been long enough for the flow of the mantle to generate efficient stirring, and observations reveal indeed the existence of reservoirs of different materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033115
JournalChaos
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Earth mantle
stirring
Earth (planet)
Geophysical Flows
Filamentation
Stretching
Stable and Unstable Manifolds
Transport Processes
Flow Time
Rayleigh number
Time Dependence
Ensemble
time dependence
tracers
Observation

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  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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