New model for fluid flow in the Earth interior
The transformation of crustal rocks during burial and heating generates fluids which play an important role for earthquake generation, magmatism, crustal growth and global geochemical cycles. Despite recent efforts, it remains challenging to recognise and quantify fluid fluxes in natural rocks and to model fluid pathways. The EU-funded PROMOTING project will study these fluids using new computer simulation. The models will be nourished and enriched with data obtained using new high-resolution imaging techniques for rock analysis. This project will also produce the first computer model for metamorphism, integrating element mobility from rock scale to crustal sections. Existing models are based on thermodynamic analysis of single-rock types. Also, they do not take into consideration the chemical changes caused by fluid expulsion and interactions with other rocks are not factored in.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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