Wednesday, July 28, 2010
An interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team of scientists is trying to understand how these plates move by creating the most detailed simulation of the earth’s mantle.
“We’re attempting, for the first time, to simulate the fact that the Earth has rigid blocks, and that they slide by other rigid blocks at a fine scale,” said Mike Gurnis, John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology and Director of the Seismological Laboratory.
The team is running the simulation on the Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
Read about this “earthmoving” research in a story written by TACC’s Aaron Dubrow.