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Mixing of a chemically buoyant layer at the top of a thermally convecting fluid: Implications for mantle dynamics with application to VenusPartial melting to generate the crust of a planet can create a buoyant residual layer at the top of the mantle which may have important implications for episodic planetary evolution. However, the rate of mixing of such a chemically buoyant layer with a thermally convecting mantle is an important unresolved question. Except for a few laboratory and numerical studies designed to address questions related to convection in the Earth's mantle, previous studies have generally treated on the mixing of passive tracers. The inhibiting role of chemical buoyancy on mixing is intuitively obvious but not fully understood quantitatively. In this study, we examine the dynamics of an intrinsically buoyant fluid layer at the top of a deeper, thermally convecting, infinite Prandtl number fluid that is heated from below.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Parmentier, E. M.
(Brown Univ. Providence, RI, United States)
Hess, P. C.
(Brown Univ. Providence, RI, United States)
Sotin, C.
(Paris Univ. France)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-Fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 3: N-Z
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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