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The Dynamics of Lava Flows

Griffiths, Ross


Lava flows are gravity currents of partially molten rock that cool as they flow, in some cases melting the surface over which they flow but in all cases gradually solidifying until they come to rest. They present a wide range of flow regimes from turbulent channel flows at moderate Reynolds numbers to extremely viscous or plastic, creeping flows, and even brittle rheology may play a role once some solid has formed. The cooling is governed by the coupling of heat transport in the flowing lava...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics


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