In this video, hear from Dr. Mousumi Roy, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Her proposal is “Destroying Continental Plates: The Role of Thermal and Chemical Disequilibrium During Melt-Rock Interaction.”
This research project will investigate the cause and effect hidden in weak zones within tectonic plates that are often associated with places where magmatic or volcanic activity occurs. It will specifically explore how thermal and chemical disequilibrium during magma transport play a role in destabilizing, weakening, and in some cases destroying the plates.
“For me, it’s really nice to have affirmation that applying physics and math to the natural world is powerful,” Roy said.