Mantle Discontinuities

Seismic discontinuities in the mantle provide critical insight into thermal and compositional states of Earth’s mantle and its dynamics. The 410- and 660-km seismic discontinuities are observed globally, and are generally linked to phase transformations of olivine → wadsleyite and ringwoodite → bridgmanite + ferropericlase. The 520- and 560-km discontinuities are usually less observed and studied, and are caused by phase transformation of wadsleyite → ringwoodite, and exsolution of Ca-pv from garnet. We analyze waveforms of SS precuros recorded by global stations to investigate global variations of the 520- and 560-km discontinuities.

Dongdong Tian
Dongdong Tian
Postdoctoral Research Associate

I’m a seismologist with broad interests in structure of Earth’s deep interior and mechanims of small seismic events.