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  • Heat Transport in the Hadean Mantle: From Heat Pipes to Plates

    Dr. William B. Moore has been awarded a 3-year NSF grant to study the early history of the Earth and how it cooled early in its history. After the Earth’s first solid crust formed, the hot interior continued to cool by producing huge amounts of magma that worked its way to the surface through cracks and fissures acting as vents. These vents function as magmatic heat pipes, transporting hot, molten rock to the surface where it loses its heat to the atmosphere and eventually to space. Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io currently operates this way, and Dr. Moore will be applying his studies of the most volcanically active body in the solar system to understand how the Earth cooled during its first billion or so years.