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Title Deformation of olivine at 5 GPa and 350-900 degrees C
Abstract Knowledge of the rheology of the upper mantle is important for understanding both subduction-related phenomena and mantle flow in general. Here we report the results of stress relaxation experiments on San Carlos olivine at pressures between 5.3 and 1.3GPa and from 350 to 900◦C. At 5GPa and 500◦C the deformation best follows a model governed by long-range resistance to movement of dislocations. The yield stress of olivine has been measured at low strain rates of 10−7 s−1. We conclude that the upper limit for the long-term yield stress of olivine at 500◦C is 68+180/−44MPa. We observe significant weakening and infer an associated change in deformation mechanism in olivine between 500 and 730◦C. This change is coincident with the limit of the seismogenic layer and the greatest elastic thickness measurements in oceanic crust
Organisation ISIS , ISIS-ENGIN-X , STFC
Keywords SSTD 2008-2009 , Materials , Neutron diffraction
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Journal Article Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 172, no. 1-2 (2009): 84-90. doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.05.012 2009