National and international communities of scientists from a variety of disciplines have been successful in convincing a growing number of countries to construct major user facilities that collectively serve these communities. These user facilities make possible experimental studies that cannot be done in individual investigator laboratories. In addition, they have created a new style of research, in which scientists working in shared facilities conduct studies that benefit from a merging of ideas and techniques from different disciplines. Earth science users of these facilities are growing in number and are benefiting greatly from the multidisciplinary interactions such facilities stimulate and from the unique experimental capabilities they provide.
Stanford Univ, Dept Geol & Environm Sci, Stanford, CA 94305 USA; Stanford Synchrotron Radiat Lab, Menlo Pk, CA 94025 USA; Univ Chicago, Dept Geophys Sci, Chicago, IL 60637 USA; Univ Paris 06, Inst Mineral & Phys Mil Condenses, UMR CNRS 7590, F-75015 Paris, France; Univ Paris 07, Inst Mineral & Phys Mil Condenses, UMR CNRS 7590, F-75015 Paris, France; Inst Phys Globe, F-75015 Paris, France; Univ Chicago, Consortium Adv Radiat Sources, Chicago, IL 60637 USAArticleEnglish