University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
David Kohlstedt

Department of
Earth Sciences

Rock and Mineral Physics Lab



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Role of water in diffusion, deformation, and solid state reactions

Xu, L., S. Mei, N.A. Dixon, Z. Jin, A. Suzuki, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2013) Effect of water on rheological properties of garnet at high temperatures and pressures, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 379:158-165, 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.002.

Kohlstedt, D.L. and S.J. Mackwell (2008) The role of protons in ionic diffusion in (Mg,Fe)O and (Mg,Fe)2SiO4, J. Mater. Sci. 43:4693-4700, doi:10.1007/s10853-007-2420-1.

Rheology of lower crust/upper mantle materials

Hansen, L.N., M.E. Zimmerman, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2012) Laboratory measurements of the viscous anisotropy of olivine aggregates, Nature 492:415-418, doi:10.1038/nature11671.

Wang, Y.F., J.F. Zhang, Z.M. Jin, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2012) Low oxygen fugacity dependency for the deformation of partially molten lherzolite, Tectonophys., 580:114-123, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.09.001.

Keefner, J.W., S.J. Mackwell, D.L. Kohlstedt , F. Heidelbach (2010) Dependence of the creep of dunite on oxygen fugacity: Implications for viscosity variations in Earth’s mantle, J. Geophys. Res. in press.

Mei, S., A.M. Suzuki, D.L. Kohlstedt, and L. Xu, Experimental investigation of the creep behavior of garnet at high temperatures and pressures, J. Earth Sci. 21:532-540, doi:10.1007/s12583-010-0127-8.

Mei, S., A.M. Suzuki, D.L. Kohlstedt, N.A. Dixon, and W.B. Durham (2010) Experimental constraints on the strength of the lithospheric mantle, J. Geophys. Res. 115, B08204, doi:10.1029/2009JB006873.

Demouchy, S., S.E. Schneider, S.J. Mackwell, M.E. Zimmerman, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2009) Experimental deformation of olivine single crystals at lithospheric temperatures, Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L04304, doi:10.1029/2008GL036611.

Transport properties of partially molten rocks

Qi, C., Y.-H. Zhao, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2013) An experimental study of pressure shadows in partially molten rocks, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 382:77-84, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.09.004.

Holtzman, B.K., D.S.H. King, D.L. Kohlstedt (2012) Effects of stress-driven melt segregation on the steady-state viscosity of rocks, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 359-360:184-193.

King, D.S., D.L. Kohlstedt, and M.E. Zimmerman (2010) Stress-driven melt segregation in partially molten rocks deformed in torsion, J. Petrol. 52:21-42, doi:10.1093/petrology/egp062.

Kohlstedt, D.L., M.E. Zimmerman, and S.J. Mackwell (2010) Stress-driven melt segregation in partially molten feldspathic rocks, J. Petrol. 52:9-19, doi:10.1093/petrology/egp043.

Kohlstedt, D.L. and B.K Holtzman (2009) Shearing melt out of the Earth: An experimentalist’s perspective on the influence of deformation on melt extraction, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 37:561-593, doi: 10.1146/

Parsons, R.A., F. Nimmo, J.W. Hustoft, B.K. Holtzman, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2008) An experimental and numerical study of surface tension-driven melt flow, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 267:548-557, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.11.064.

Rheology of partially molten rocks

Melt migration and planetary core formation

Rheological properties and planetary evolution

Kohlstedt, D.L. and S.J. Mackwell (2010) Strength and deformation of planetary lithospheres, in Planetary Tectonics, eds. T.R. Watters and R.A. Schultz, Cambridge University, pp 397-456.

Structure and properties of grain boundaries

Hansen, L.N., M.E. Zimmerman, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2012) The influence of microstructure on deformation of olivine in the grain-boundary sliding regime, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B09201, doi:10.1029/2012JB009305.

Wang, Z., Y. Zhao, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2010) Dislocation creep accommodated by grain boundary sliding in dunite, J. Earth Sci. 21:541-554, doi:10.1007/s12583-010-0113-1.

Rheology of ice


Barber, D.J., H.-R. Wenk, G. Hirth, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2010) Chapter 95: Dislocations in minerals, in Dislocations in Solids, eds. J.P Hirth and L. Kubin, Elsevier North-Holland Publishing Company, Oxford, vol. 16, pp. 171-232.

Zhao, Y.-H., M.E. Zimmerman, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2009) Effect of iron content on the creep behavior of olivine: 1. Anhydrous conditions, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 287:229-240 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.08.006.

Wentzcovitch, R.M., J.F. Justo, Z. Wu, C.R.S. da Silva, D.A. Yuen, and D.L. Kohlstedt (2009) Anomalous compressibility of ferropericlase throughout the iron spin crossover, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106:8447-8452.

Hiraga, T. and D.L. Kohlstedt (2009) Systematic distribution of incompatible elements in mantle peridotite: Importance of intra- and inter-granular melt-like components, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 158:149-167, doi:10.1007/s00410-009-0375-8.

Durham, W.B., S. Mei, D.L. Kohlstedt, L. Wang, and N.A. Dixon (2009) New measurements of activation volume in olivine under anhydrous conditions, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 172:67-73, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.07.045.

Mei, S., D.L. Kohlstedt, W.B. Durham, and L. Wang (2008) Experimental investigation of the creep behavior of MgO at high pressures, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 170:170-175, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.06.030.

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  Prof. David L. Kohlstedt
  Dept. of Earth Sciences
  University of Minnesota
  310 Pillsbury Dr. SE
  Minneapolis, MN 55455
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  October 18, 2013