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Predicting Global Perovskite to Post-Perovskite Phase Boundary Don Helmberger, Daoyuan Sun, Xiaodong Song, Steve Grand, Sidio Ni, and Mike Gurnis.

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1 Predicting Global Perovskite to Post-Perovskite Phase Boundary Don Helmberger, Daoyuan Sun, Xiaodong Song, Steve Grand, Sidio Ni, and Mike Gurnis

2 D” region with velocity discontinuity S-wave triplication suggests positive velocity discontinuity Strong beneath the circum-Pacific lower mantle fast velocity belt Relate to phase boundary (Perovskite to Post-Perovskite) (Grand, 2002)

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7 D" beneath the Superplume region ? Beneath Superplume Phase boundary is very close to CMB Chemical distinct Need a valid model for Superplume for exploring D"

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11 Zone P

12 Zone C

13 Zone M

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15 3D synthetics for middle mantle slab model

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17 Synthetics for event A

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19 Records of USArray for a South American event ( )

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24 Depth-dep. Thermal Expansion (cont.) If  ch decreases with depth.  total can become negative (unstable and rise) below the height of neutral buoyancy (HNB) but positive (stable and sink) below the HNB.

25 Metastable Superplume Sharp boundary Very low velocity zone along the edge Small scale convection features inside the Superplume

26 Seismic validation of the Metastable Superplume (Sdiff, ScS and PcP)

27 Helmberger et al. [AGU Monograph, 2005] Vertical boundaries: The lower mantle beneath S. Atlantic

28 3D effect for metastable Superplume model S d paths across the metastable Superplume

29 3D multipath detector example: African Superplume

30 D" beneath the African Superplume region Blue circle: SKS pierce points at CMB Green Circle: ScS bounce points at CMB

31 Model the D" beneath the Superplume region I II

32 D" beneath the African Superplume region CM model Hybrid model

33 Grand’s tomography model (2002) at the bottom mantle Possible phase boundary discontinuity [Sidorin et al.,1999] New phase boundary map

34 A B C Is the Metastable model suitable for large anomaly beneath Central Pacific? Difference between the middle (A) and the edge (B,C) (without down- welling cold material) of the Superplume Difference between the Superplume region and the cold slab region The Metastable Superplume model including phase transition at the bottom The Metastable Superplume model satisfies the seismological observations for the African Superplume Phase boundary elevation A: 90 km under the African Metastable model B: km (He et al., 2006) C: km (Lay et al., 2006) Global map of the D"

35 Summary Huge Volume: 1000kmx1000kmx7000km; ( Davaille,2000 ); evidence 1 for chemical plume S:-3%; P 0~-0.5%,density +; evidence 2 for chemical plume ; Sharp boundary (Ni et al, 2002; Ni and Helmberber 2003), evidence 3 for chemical plume The shape of the superplume correlates with Geoid and Hotspots. Tomography and geoid modeling requires higher density in the super plume. For some regions in the lower mantle, horizontal gradients outweighs the vertical one. Thus some boundaries are more vertical than horizontal in the lower mantle.

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37 Effect of γ on phase boundary γ= 3 MPa/K, h ph = 140 km γ= 9 MPa/K, h ph = 75 km

38 Velocity discontinuity and Phase transition 1.Velocity Tomography model -> Non-adiabatic temperature perturbation 2.Determine the phase boundary with assuming Clapeyron slope (γ) and ambient phase transition elevation (h ph ) 3.Impose a velocity discontinuity (+1.5%) at the phase boundary (Sidorin et al., 1999)

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