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Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior: Goals and Trends

Lay, Thorne and Ahrens, Thomas J. and Olson, Peter and Smyth, Joseph and Loper, David (1990) Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior: Goals and Trends. Physics Today, 43 (10). pp. 44-52. ISSN 0031-9228. doi:10.1063/1.881240.

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The deep interior of planet Earth has long fascinated philosophers, scientists and fantasy writers, yet it remains inaccessible to direct scrutiny and thus largely enigmatic. Romantic notions about the interior are provocative, with crystal‐filled chambers and pitchfork‐bearing devils. However, the more scientifically based visions are just as alluring. Profound opportunities for understanding the mysteries of the inner Earth lie within reach. But it will take a concerted interdisciplinary research effort to model the total dynamic Earth system.

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Additional Information:© 1990 American Institute of Physics. October 1990. We appreciate the many helpful comments provided by Don L. Anderson. This is contribution number 97 of the Institute of Tectonics and C. F. Richter Seismological Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lay received support from NSF grant EAR8451715. Information on the Committees for Study of Earth's Deep Interior of IUGG and the American Geophysical Union is available upon request from David Loper, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-3017.
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Official Citation: Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior: Goals and Trends Thorne Lay, Thomas J. Ahrens, Peter Olson, Joseph Smyth and David Loper Phys. Today 43, 10, 44 (1990)
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