Mineralogy of Super-Earth Planets

T. Duffy, N. Madhusudhan, K. K.M. Lee

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Super-Earths are newly discovered extrasolar planets of approximately 1-10 Earth masses in size. They may span a wide range of possible compositions from Earth-like to those enriched in iron, water, or other constituents. Knowledge of the mineralogy of super-Earth planets is essential to understanding their interior structure, thermal behavior, and long-term evolution. The interior conditions of super-Earth encompass very high pressures and temperatures where new mineral phases and properties may be encountered. This article reviews our current understanding of mineral behavior at such extreme conditions and possible implications for super-Earth planets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMineral Physics
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780444538031
ISBN (Print)9780444538024
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Carbon
  • Diamond anvil cell
  • Exoplanets
  • Ice
  • Iron
  • Mineralogy
  • Perovksite
  • Pressure
  • Shock compression
  • Solar system


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