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  Information - SM17 Topography of the Earth and Planets: from the deep Earth and planetary interiors to the surface

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The topography of the continents and their margins is controlled by processes taking place at depth in the Earth, at the Earth's surface and in the atmosphere. The lithosphere responds to forces exerted by these processes, generating mountain belts, elongated rift zones, vast areas of recent volcanism, explosive volcanoes and large sedimentary basins. Improved knowledge of the deep mantle and its coupling to the lithosphere and the surface is key to understanding the enormous forces that produce these features. The impact of solid-earth processes on surface topography at plate boundaries has been known for several decades, but their significance for intraplate domains, and particularly the vulnerable coastal regions, has only recently been appreciated. Furthermore, critical feedback mechanisms between solid-earth processes and topography are now recognized. This session will have a focus on the connection between the upper mantle and the lithospheric processes and it will be the focus for presentations on shallow crustal and lithospheric structure/processes, seismology and geodesy work.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers

GD, TS, G, GM, European Science Foundation; Academia Europaea; International Lithosphere Programme

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