Recent progress in studies of the elastic properties of earth materials

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Technological advances now allow the elastic moduli and acoustic wave velocities of minerals to be measured or calculated under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature (P and T) that closely mimic the P-T conditions throughout much of Earth's interior. In this special issue, the papers on the elasticity of Earth materials report new results that provide excellent examples of these advances. Here we briefly discuss the scientific context for the elasticity papers in this special issue, and some of the future challenges that are critical for advancing our understanding of the compositional state of the deep Earth through studies of the elastic properties of materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-209
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Earth's interior
  • Elastic moduli
  • Elasticity
  • High pressure
  • Sound velocities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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