Earth's Mantle Composition, Structure, and Phase Transitions
The goals of the conference are to further our understanding of composition, structure, heterogeneity, and dynamics of Earth's mantle by consideration of the constraints imposed by various disciplines, and to promote an interdisciplinary exchange of research results. Important observational constraints are provided by seismology, through the characterization of structures in the mantle which my have significance for global dynamics and composition. Other constraints are imposed by geochemistry , high-pressure petrology, mineral physics, and geophysical fluid dynamics. The Saint Malo 2005 workshop is aimed at bringing together researchers from these different areas of geosciences in order to discuss the state of our understanding in these areas, and to propose new approaches for obtaining a more comprehensive model of the mantle. This meeting follows upon two previous interdisciplinary workshops on similar themes which were held at the GeoForschung Zentrum in Postdam (Germany) in April 2001, and in Fréjus (France) in 2003.