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  ERC - Deep-Earth Chemistry of Core Formation

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Core formation and mantle crystallisation represent the major chemical differentiation events on the terrestrial planets, involving the separation of a metallic liquid that forms the core from the silicate that subsequently solidifies and evolves into the current mantle and crust. Beyond the importance of the geological event itself, the broader impacts go as far as defining planetary building blocks and habitability; indeed, the generation of the Earth’s magnetic field is ultimately tied to the segregation and crystallisation of the core, and is an important factor in establishing planetary habitability.