About this Research Topic
Water plays an important role in geodynamical and geochemical evolutions in the Earth's interior. By the presence of water, the physical and chemical properties of minerals and rocks can be dramatically changed, for example, water could reduce the strength of minerals, accelerate the atomic diffusivity, enhance electrical conductivity, and produce dehydration melting. Knowledge about the behavior of water in the Earth's interior can therefore provide critical clues for Earth science research. Over the past 30 years, many Earth science researchers have spent plenty of efforts investigating the water cycling between Earth surface and deep interior, water distribution in the mantle, how water affects the physical and chemical properties of minerals and rocks, and how water is substituted into the crystal structures of minerals. However, many problems related to water behavior in the Earth’s interior remain unclear or under debate, and numerous related studies are still underway by worldwide researchers.
This research topic on “Water in the Earth’s Interior” will mainly focus on water distribution in the Earth’s interior and how water affects the rock/mineral properties under high pressure and high-temperature conditions that corresponding to the Earth’s interior by experimental and computational approaches, and observations from mantle-derived rocks to enhance our understanding about the solid Earth. Given the significance, the Research Topic is expected to attract a wide range of researchers who work on mineral physics, geophysics, geochemistry, and geodynamics.
We invite manuscripts that are related to water in the Earth's interior. They may focus on any one of the following aspects or related subjects:
1. The role of water on the physical properties of minerals and rocks, including atomic diffusivity, electrical conductivity, partial melting, phase relation, density, elasticity, plasticity, and so on.
2. The incorporation mechanism, partitioning, solubility, and infrared spectroscopy of water in hydrous and nominally anhydrous minerals.
3. Methodology development about the determination of water content in natural and synthetic samples.
4. Water distribution and circulation in the Earth’s interior.
5. Seismological, magnetotelluric, and geodynamic modeling studies that linked to water in minerals and rocks.
Keywords: water, Earth's interior, mineral physics, geophysics, geochemistry, geodynamics
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