A petrological-thermomechanical study on the behavior of CO2 in the mantle-lithosphere

Christopher Gonzalez

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    This thesis comprises a body of work that investigates volatile recycling of C02 coupled to large-scale tectonic processes at upper mantle conditions. Specifically, we explore subduction and rifting using thermody namic and geodynamic numerical modeling techniques. The objective is to improve our understanding of the role a dynamically evolving system has in decarbonation , carbonate recycling, and storing C02 in the mantle-lithosphere by variations in key modeling parameters. We found that sedimentary diapirism is an efficient means to deliver carbon to the subarc in both hot and cold subduction zones. We also show decarbonation during rifting of continental carbonated mantle lithosphere.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Award date14 Sep 2016
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016


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