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The mantle deformed

What happens to minerals under the conditions characteristic of the Earth at great depths? Experiments performed under such conditions illustrate how the main constituent of the lower mantle may behave.

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Figure 1: The structure of silicate perovskite (Mg,Fe)SiO3.


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Merkel, S. The mantle deformed. Nature 428, 812–813 (2004).

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