Rheology Grand Challenge Workshop
on Plastic Deformation of Minerals
and the Dynamics of Earth's Deep Interior

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
1-3 August 2008

   The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the current status of our understanding of plastic deformation and deformation microstructures under whole mantle conditions, and discuss implications for global geodynamics. The latest results from both experimental and theoretical studies on deformation will be presented. Also the geodynamic significance of the latest results of seismological observations will be discussed in view of materials science, including anomalies in velocity, attenuation and anisotropy.

Information for Participants

1. Tentative workshop schedule
    Friday, August 1       Arrival, ice breaker
    Saturday, August 2   Scientific sessions from 9:00 to 18:00, conference dinner
    Sunday, August 3     Scientific session from 8:30 to 12:00
    All events except the conference dinner are in 66-110

2. Workshop is timed to allow attendance by those headed to the Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation in Tilton, NH. Tilton is less than 2 hours from Cambridge by bus or car (see transportation details). Attendees presenting posters at the GRC are invited to preview their posters at the workshop.

3. Registration is free.

4. There is limited financial support for students/post-docs. Those who wish to have support should send (i) CV, (ii) a brief summary of your research, (iii) a letter of support by your supervisor to shun-ichiro.karato@yale.edu by June 30, 2008.

5. Housing: Ample on-campus housing in air-conditioned student dorms and efficiency units is available to workshop participants.

6. Please register your intent to attend the workshop by June 23, 2008. (The deadline for registering via the web has passed. Contact Bill Durham wbdurham@mit.edu for possibilities after that date.)

7. Please make all reservations and payments by Friday, July 11, 2008.

8. Stay tuned to this website for updates and additional information.

9. Contact local host Bill Durham wbdurham@mit.edu for all matters big and small.


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