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Mantle regulation of core cooling: A geodynamo without core radioactivity?

Davies, Geoffrey


The case for radioactivity in the core based on the power requirements of the geodynamo is re-evaluated. Previous calculations of mantle regulation of core thermal evolution have used an inappropriate formula. New calculations with a more appropriate formula yield lower core heat loss in the past, thus mitigating the implication of unreasonably high past core and mantle temperatures. Multiple thermal evolutions leading to present heat flows are also demonstrated, depending on the efficiency of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
DOI: 10.1016/j.pepi.2006.11.001


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