SUPERCOMPUTING HELPS RESEARCHERS UNDERSTAND EARTH'S INTERIOR

Posted on 07.10.2017
Researchers created a three-dimensional representation of predicted slab geometry and mantle flow
Geologists create model with potential to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic activity

Contrary to posters you may have seen hanging on the walls in science class, Lijun Liu, professor of geology at Illinois, knows that Earth’s interior is not like an onion.

While most textbooks demonstrate the outer surface of the Earth as the crust, the next inner level as the mantle, and then the most inner layer as the core, Liu said the reality isn’t as clear-cut.

“It’s not just in layers, because the Earth’s interior is not stationary,” Liu said.

read more...