University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
http://www.umn.edu/
612-625-5000
David Kohlstedt

Department of
Earth Sciences

Rock and Mineral Physics Lab


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  Prof. David L. Kohlstedt
  Dept. of Earth Sciences
  University of Minnesota
  310 Pillsbury Dr. SE
  Minneapolis, MN 55455
  Phone: (612) 626-1544
  Fax: (612) 625-3819
  dlkohl at umn.edu


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  November 21, 2010
Our research focuses on the physics and chemistry of minerals with an emphasis on the deformation behavior of mantle rocks. We primarily do experiments at high pressures and temperatures in two gas medium pressure vessels, designed and built by Mervyn Paterson. We are working on a range of problems, including planetary core formation, diffusion in Earth materials, the interactions of deformation and melt migration, the roles of "water" in olivine deformation, and the structure and properties of grain boundaries. (For more information and articles, see "Research Themes.")