12.570 Seminar in Geophysics: Mantle Convection

As taught in: Spring 1998

An illustration of the of how convections in the Earth's crust drive plate tectonics.

One common model for how convection in the mantle drives plate tectonics. (Courtesy of USGS. Used with permission.)




Prof. Robert Van Der Hilst

Course Features

Course Description

This cross-disciplinary course aims to understand the historical development and the current status of ideas and models, to present and question the constraints from the different research fields, and to investigate if and how the different views on mantle flow can be reconciled with the currently available data.